Former Official Says China Needs to Reform Crypto Laws

Xiao Gang, former chair of the China Securities Regulatory Commission, said the country is facing a digital economy transformation and needs to embrace the right regulations for the fast growing crypto market.

Xiao was speaking at the 19th Pushan Lectures of China Finance 40 Forum, or CF40, which was held online on July 7. The event saw a number of officials discussing the lessons learned from the 30-year development of China’s capital market.

According to local news reports, Xiao said there was an urgent need to embrace digital reform:

“The development of the digital capital market faces the problem of organizational change. The most typical, such as the cryptocurrency exchange, is bound to happen in the future. How to deal with such organizational change is also a problem that we may encounter.”

Xiao said the boundaries of some products and services in the digital capital market are becoming blurry and the current laws and regulations can not keep up with them. He said that getting the balance wrong attempting to protect investors and consumers could potentially lead to big problems.

Xiao noted that a number of issues remain for the development of the digital capital market, including the emergence of monopolies, the development paths, decentralization and information disclosure, which all need to be further clarified, discussed, and researched.

Xiao advocated that some basic principles needed to be upheld:

“We must adhere to the principles of openness, inclusiveness, sharing and fairness in the development of the digital capital market […] we should actively embrace new technologies, prudently innovate business models […] promote data connectivity and create a fair market environment.”

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