The government of Qinghai Province has instructed all cryptocurrency miners to shut down their operations.
Wednesday’s action follows similar mandates from Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.
The government of China’s Qinghai Province has announced a new ban on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency mining.
According to a new document issued by the Qinghai Industry and Information Technology Department on Wednesday morning, all cryptocurrency mining businesses will be required to shut down, and no more miners will be approved to operate in the province.
China’s Qinghai Province issued a document to stop virtual currency mining operations:
Qinghai is the third Chinese province to announce a ban on crypto mining. The governments of Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia have issued similar province-level mandates, and in May, the Chinese State Council called for a crackdown on crypto mining nationwide.
Increased scrutiny in China is partly what crashed the crypto market in May; following news about the Chinese State Council’s new guidelines (along with some bearish tweets from Tesla CEO Elon Musk), the price of Bitcoin slid from the high $50,000s to the low $30,000s.
The majority of the computing power behind the Bitcoin blockchain has historically been centralized in China, according to data from Cambridge University’s Center for Alternative Finance, but restrictions like these have encouraged some miners to relocate to countries like Kazakhstan.