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China Bans Initial Coin Offerings – Token Sales Declared Illegal By Seven Financial Regulators Today

China officially banned ICOs today. According to a statement released by seven financial regulators in the country, ICOs were declared to be illegal financial activities which seriously disrupted the economic and financial order of the country.

The relevant departments will closely monitor the dynamics, strengthen cooperation with the judicial departments and local governments. In accordance with the existing working mechanism  strict law enforcement will be enforce to resolutely control the market chaos.

According to the document, the tokens or “virtual currency” used in cryptofinancing are not issued by the monetary authorities and therefore do not have legal and monetary properties, do not have legal status equivalent to money, and can not and should not be circulated as a currency in the market use.

As of the date of this announcement, all types of currency issuance financing activities shall cease immediately. The organizations and individuals who have completed the financing of the tokens should make arrangements for repatriation to protect the interests of investors and properly handle the risks.

The relevant departments will seriously investigate and deal with tokens issued and the completion of the tokens issued financing projects in these illegal acts.

As at the date of this announcement, any so-called tokens financing trading platform shall not engage in the exchange of legal currency and tokens, “virtual currency”, and may not be traded or sold as a central counterparty to sell tokens or “virtual currency” Not for the tokens or “virtual currency” to provide pricing, information services and other services.

Read more here in Chinese or (translated to English by Google)

Richard Kastelein
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Seas' travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, the Netherlands where he has set down his anchor to raise a family and write. Founder and publisher of industry publication Blockchain News (EST 2015) and director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) – Vancouver native Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He has written over 2500 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published in Harvard Business Review, Venturebeat, Wired, The Guardian and a number of other publications. Kastelein has an Honorary Ph.D. and is Chair Professor of Blockchain at China's first blockchain University in Nanchang at the Jiangxi Ahead Institute software and Technology. He has over a half a decade experience judging and rewarding some 1000+ innovation projects as an EU expert for the European Commission's SME Instrument programme as a startup assessor and as a startup judge for the UK government's Innovate UK division. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology at over 50 events in 30+ cities.
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