China’s state planning agency calls for public opinion on the Bitcoin mining ban


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China’s National Development and Reform Commission is seeking public opinion to include crypto mining in its list of “phasing out” industries.

The call for public comment from the country’s macroeconomic planning authority was contained in a press release released on Thursday.

On September 24, the agency added digital currency mining to its list of obsolete industries after the authorities in Beijing cracked down on crypto miners.

The move provided a definitive stand on the commission after apparently going back and forth for the past two years.

As part of the calls for public comments, the agency’s announcement called for public feedback from “relevant entities” and “people from all walks of life”.

The public comment period lasts one month, between Thursday, October 21st and November 21st. Members of the public wishing to provide feedback on this issue have four different options to express their views, including email, post and comment areas on the Commission’s website.

In a related development, the commission also posted a post on its website saying the United States had overtaken China as the world’s dominant Bitcoin (BTC) mining nation.

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In fact, as previously reported by Cointelegraph, the US now accounts for over a third of the global hash rate distribution in Bitcoin mining, with Kazakhstan and Russia in second and third place, respectively.

Even before Beijing’s crackdown, crypto miners in North America had expanded their capacities with massive hardware orders from major manufacturers such as Bitmain and MicroBT.

At the height of Chinese dominance, Chinese miners controlled three-quarters of the global bitcoin hash rate.

Chinese miners displaced by the ban have reportedly relocated their hardware overseas, including Kazakhstan, with states like Texas and Florida trying to attract some of these companies.