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Buterin Claims Hong Kong is 'Friendly' to Crypto but Raises Questions on How Long it Will Last

by BSC News

September 14, 2023

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Vitalik questions how stable Hong Kong’s friendliness towards cryptocurrency will remain in the face of "unknown, regulatory and political and other kinds of events."

Vitalik Buterin, the co-founder of Ethereum, has cautioned blockchain projects to scrutinize the stability of Hong Kong's government regarding its crypto-friendly stance before deciding to set up operations there. He voiced this opinion at the Web3 Transition Summit in Singapore, according to a report by The Block.

Buterin's Remarks at the Summit

Speaking at the event, Buterin stated:

"If any crypto project wants to make Hong Kong their home, they would want to have some confidence — not just that it’s friendly now but that it will continue to be friendly years from now when all kinds of unknown, regulatory and political and other kinds of events are going to happen." 

He also expressed a limited understanding of the region, adding, "I don't understand Hong Kong well. I understand even less the complicated interaction between Hong Kong and the mainland lately." 

The Ethereum co-founder emphasized that while Hong Kong appears to be welcoming to crypto initiatives, the longevity of this friendliness remains to be determined.

Hong Kong's Position in the Crypto Space

Hong Kong has been promoting itself as a burgeoning hub for crypto activities, especially as regulatory measures tighten in the United States. A publication from BSC News in July highlighted Hong Kong’s effort to establish itself as the next significant player in the cryptocurrency world.

However, Buterin’s comments introduce a note of caution. He questions how stable this level of friendliness towards cryptocurrency will remain in the face of "unknown, regulatory and political and other kinds of events." These remarks underline the need for crypto projects to exercise due diligence before making Hong Kong their base of operations.

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