Update: one reason given for the sharp, 15% rebound in cryptocurrencies from this morning’s lows, is that according to Caixin, China has give two of the largest Chinese exchanges, Huobi and OKCoin until the end of October before closing. As Bloomberg notes, China’s Regulator has given Huobi.com and OkCoin the extra month to prepare closure, as the two exchanges’ trading platforms and investor base are relatively large, and they never dealt with controversial Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs. More Google translated from Caixin:
the two platforms … had not done ICO or on-line coins, so the relevant departments decided to give Huobi and OKCoin 1 month time buffer Period, that is to say to the end of October and then shut down, but the specific program is still under study.
Additionally, Caixin adds that the regulator is still studying details of the exchange halt plan.
Could this be indicative of China getting cold feet over the exchange ban? It is unclear, although judging by the sharp snapback in cryptocurrencies, quite a few people appear to believe so.
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