This report covers the top 10 cryptocurrency news in Asia from September 11 to September 17. The news includes Vitalik Buterin’s concerns about the sustainability of Hong Kong’s crypto-friendly stance, Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s warning against misrepresentation of virtual asset firms as ‘banks’, and the launch of Hong Kong’s first real estate fund security token offering. Other news includes South Korea’s probe into officials’ cryptocurrency holdings, Japan’s easing of regulatory oversight on startup financing, and India’s upcoming decision on its cryptocurrency stance. The report also covers Singapore’s ban on Three Arrows Capital founders, China’s crackdown on pyramid schemes, and various other developments in the crypto space.
Vitalik Buterin’s Concerns About Hong Kong’s Crypto-Friendly Stance
- Vitalik’s Uncertainty: Vitalik Buterin expressed concerns about the sustainability of Hong Kong’s crypto-friendly stance, questioning whether the government will continue to support cryptocurrencies.
- Response from Hong Kong: Hong Kong Legislative Council Member Johnny Ng Kit-chong invited Vitalik to visit Hong Kong to understand its stable policies and laws, and its welcoming attitude towards compliant businesses.
Hong Kong Monetary Authority’s Warning
- Warning Against Misrepresentation: The Hong Kong Monetary Authority issued a warning against virtual asset entities misrepresenting themselves as ‘banks’ or describing their products as ‘deposits’.
- Legal Implications: Such actions may potentially violate the Banking Ordinance, and only entities with licenses issued by the HKMA are allowed to operate banking or deposit-taking businesses in Hong Kong.
South Korea’s Probe into Officials’ Cryptocurrency Holdings
- Investigation Announcement: The Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission of South Korea announced a three-month investigation into the virtual asset transactions and holdings of members of parliament.
- Investigation Team: The special investigation team will consist of approximately 30 professional investigators, aiming to comprehensively investigate the acquisition, transactions, and losses of virtual assets by members of the 21st parliament.
- Understanding Regulatory Changes: Stakeholders in the crypto space should stay updated with regulatory changes in different regions, as these changes can significantly impact their operations and investment decisions.
- Compliance with Local Laws: Crypto businesses should ensure compliance with local laws and regulations to avoid legal complications and potential bans.
- Monitoring Market Trends: Investors and businesses should monitor market trends and developments in the crypto space for potential opportunities and risks.