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China's Supreme Court Approves Use of Cryptocurrencies for Debt Settlement

Landmark Decision Paves Way for Increased Adoption of Digital Assets in One of the World's Largest Crypto Markets

Mon, 08 May 2023, 17:09 pm UTC

China's Supreme Court has granted approval for the use of cryptocurrencies as a legal means of settling debts, in a landmark decision that is expected to have far-reaching implications for the crypto industry.

The move is a significant win for the crypto industry, which has faced regulatory hurdles in China in recent years. The decision by the Supreme Court could pave the way for increased adoption of cryptocurrencies in the country, which is one of the world's largest markets for digital assets.

According to the court ruling, cryptocurrencies can now be used as a form of property in China and will be protected by the law. The court also clarified that transactions involving cryptocurrencies will be subject to the same legal requirements and regulations as traditional financial transactions.

The decision by the Supreme Court comes at a time when China's central bank is also developing its own digital currency, the digital yuan, which is expected to launch in the near future. However, unlike cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, the digital yuan is a centralized digital currency that is backed by the Chinese government.

Despite the regulatory challenges faced by the crypto industry in China, there has been a growing interest in cryptocurrencies among Chinese investors in recent years. This has led to a surge in trading volumes on Chinese exchanges, even though trading in cryptocurrencies has been banned in the country since 2017.

The approval of cryptocurrencies by China's Supreme Court is likely to give a major boost to the industry and could lead to increased adoption of digital assets in the country. It remains to be seen how this decision will impact the development of China's digital yuan and whether it will lead to increased competition between the two forms of digital currency.

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