Chinese Central Bank’s Bodies Ban BTC, ETH for NFT Settlement, Call for Strict Control of NFT Space

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Three associations regulated by China’s central bank launch initiative to take control of NFT space in China, which excludes using top three cryptos for payment

According to Shanghai Securities News, three major government associations under the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) have begun an initiative to prevent financial risks related to the non-fungible token (NFT) space.

Aside from developing the industry of digitized art, it is believed that NFT can be used for speculation, money laundering and other illegal financial activities. Therefore, the associations have suggested some strict measures to keep the NFT market under control in order to protect consumers.

China again calls for regulating the NFT space

The three aforementioned organizations are China Internet Finance Association, China Banking Association and China Securities Association. They have suggested that NFT platforms in China start introducing several initiatives. They include adhering to integrity and innovation in order to support the real economy, as well as making sure that the value of NFTs is fully supported, “guiding consumers to consume rationally” and preventing selling NFTs at inflated prices.

Aside from that, the initiatives include protecting intellectual property rights for commodities that back non-fungible tokens, as well as to support “genuine digital cultural and creative works.” Also, all information related to NFT platforms and sales should be disclosed accurately and in full so as to protect consumers and their right to fair trade.

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Preventing financial risks related to NFTs

In order to protect consumers, the associations regulated by the PBOC have suggested several measures. They suggest banning the inclusion of securities, credit, insurance or any financial assets, including precious metals, into underlying commodities for NFTs. Local authorities have to ensure that the aforementioned assets are not traded as NFTs in disguised form.

NFTs must also not be a disguised form of ICO or any other form of fundraising via token issuance.

Banning BTC, ETH, USDT for NFT payments

Another part of this initiative is to ban centralized transactions with NFTs. This includes centralized bidding, electronic matching, the use of market makers, anon transactions, standardized contract transactions or any other services for transactions with NFTs.

Three major cryptocurrencies are not recommended to be used for NFT pricing or settlement: Bitcoin, Ethereum and Tether’s stablecoin, USDT.

In addition, local Chinese authorities are required to demand a full verification of the names of sellers and buyers of NFTs, to collect and store KYC data and to actively cooperate with any governmental bodies that seek to prevent or investigate money laundering activities.

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