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Asia Crypto Ecosystem Faces New Opportunities and Challenges

Written by Wed 2 Nov 2022

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The crypto space in Asia is set to undergo a great deal of change in the coming months, as Singapore prepares to introduce strict guidelines on virtual digital assets and China increases its efforts to reduce crypto transactions.

However, the Asian crypto space is increasingly diverse, with a number of positive developments around cryptocurrencies and virtual assets being seen in Hong Kong and Vietnam. The crypto market across Asia is developing at different rates, often depending on the regulatory environment that is being pursued by the government in each nation.

While the 2022 ‘Geography of Cryptocurrency Report’ finds that Vietnam ranks first for crypto adoption, the Vietnam Prime Minister, Pham Minh Chinh, has called for new regulations to control the crypto sector. It is unclear what level of regulations will be implemented, with virtual assets now being traded in a grey area in the country.

In recent days, Hong Kong Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, has proposed that retail investors can trade cryptocurrencies and crypto exchange-traded funds. This is a marked shift from last year when it was discussed that crypto trade should be limited to professional investors only.

In a bid to ensure Hong Kong plays a central role in the future of crypto, the city is also setting up plans to perform pilots in NFT issuance and central bank digital currencies (CBDC).

In contrast, Singapore is considering imposing new restrictions on crypto-related activities. The Managing Director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, said: “We don’t set ourselves out to compete with other jurisdictions, especially on regulation. We have to do what is right for us, what is necessary to contain the risks. And the risks are primarily harm to retail investors.”

Discussion of new restrictions come after evidence that pro-Russian groups have raised millions of dollars in crypto to support war efforts. The MAS has reiterated that all crypto exchanges operating in Singapore need to comply with all financial sanctions against Russia.

Written by Wed 2 Nov 2022

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