Huobi Joins Chinese State-Backed Blockchain Alliance

Major partners in the alliance include China UnionPay and China Mobile.

The Chinese wing of crypto exchange Huobi has been added to the Blockchain Services Network (BSN), an industry alliance initiated by the State Information Center (SIC), as one of its first members.

Confirmed by local Chinese news outlet fn.com on Sunday, the crypto exchange will join China UnionPay, state-backed telecom giant China Mobile, China Merchants Bank International, and Weizhong Bank, among others in the alliance. The addition of the new member was performed at an event organized in Hangzhou on the same day.

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The purpose of BSN is to provide a blockchain infrastructure services platform to fill the gap between different blockchain networks, regions, and institutions. The alliance was originally organized by two Chinese mammoths – China UnionPay and China Mobile.

In his speech at the induction, Yuming Yuan, the CEO of Huobi China, also expressed his gratitude towards the alliance and is poised to educate thousands regarding blockchain technology in a collaborative effort.

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“Blockchain service network can […] facilitate the rapid promotion and application of blockchain technology,” Yunan Liu, director of the SIC, said.

Building base in China again

Headquartered in Singapore, Huobi re-entered China by opening a country-specific headquarter in the province of Hainan. The exchange also opened branches in the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Turkey.

Yang Chen, the president of Hainan’s Financial Supervisory Authority, one of the attendees of the event, also revealed that the agency is considering to open a sandbox model to test the emerging fintech and blockchain technologies. This will be done in an attempt to allow the government to learn about the decade-old technology while giving the companies an open space to test their products.

Meanwhile, Chinese authorities also opened up a crackdown on illegal crypto businesses operating in the country as the Schengen law enforcement identified 39 such companies operating in the region, taking actions against them.

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