Hong Kong's call to Coinbase : A new home for crypto exchanges seeking freedom
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Hong Kong’s call to Coinbase : A new home for crypto exchanges seeking freedom

As US regulators tighten their grip on crypto exchanges, Hong Kong is reaching out to Coinbase and other major industry players. Find out how this region is seeking to become a thriving crypto hub in Asia, attracting companies in search of regulatory freedom and development opportunities.

In the midst of a merciless regulatory battle between the US and crypto exchanges, a new player enters the scene with a bold proposal. Hong Kong, Asia’s dynamic metropolis, is rolling out the red carpet to welcome Coinbase and other crypto trading giants to its shores.

Aware of the uncertainty hovering over the US markets, Hong Kong is positioning itself as a beacon for Asia’s crypto industry. The country intends to capitalize on the difficulties encountered by US exchanges to attract these burgeoning start-ups, seeking a regulatory haven in the crypto world.

Welcome to Hong Kong Coinbase?

It was against this backdrop that Johnny Ng, a prominent member of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council and China’s advisory body, tweeted an official invitation to major crypto exchanges, including Coinbase, to set up in Hong Kong. He pledged to provide significant support to facilitate their set-up and development.

“All global virtual asset trading operators, including Coinbase, are welcome to come to Hong Kong to establish official trading platforms and realize their development plans. Please do not hesitate to contact me, I am ready to provide any assistance you may require”, he asserted.

China, which had previously banned cryptocurrency trading on its territory, is seeking to make Hong Kong an autonomous region, a veritable nerve center for the regional crypto industry. As we recently reported, Hong Kong’s regulatory authorities have decided to allow individuals to buy Bitcoin (BTC) and other cryptocurrencies, paving the way for new opportunities.

Major industry players such as Binance, Huobi and OKX have already submitted license applications to the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), a clear sign of the growing interest in the region.

Faced with the growing difficulties encountered by crypto companies in the United States, the Hong Kong authorities are now keen to see Coinbase set up shop on their soil. It remains to be seen whether Coinbase will respond positively to this invitation from Hong Kong’s financial authorities.

Back in April, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong hinted that the crypto exchange might consider leaving the U.S. if no clear regulatory framework was put in place. A decision that could be carefully considered in light of Hong Kong’s invitation.

Despite the SEC’s threats and the trials to come, Coinbase affirms its determination to defend its crypto staking services and maintain a diverse list of cryptocurrencies on its platform.

The tug-of-war has only just begun, and Hong Kong is positioning itself as a welcoming and promising home for players in the crypto ecosystem in search of new opportunities and more favorable regulation.

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Laeti Marison, also known as SatoshiBelle, is a multifaceted professional with a passion for community management, content creation, and digital marketing. With a diverse background in various roles, Laeti has consistently demonstrated her expertise and dedication in the field. Recognizing her potential, Laeti then took on the responsibilities of a Project and Community Manager at Magna Numeris and Cartam from November 2018 to March 2021. In this role, she showcased her ability to successfully lead projects and foster strong relationships within the community. Currently, Laeti serves as an SEO content writer, Digital Marketing Manager, and co-founder at Trendingcrypto.news magazine, starting from February 2022 till now. Through her expertise in digital marketing and her passion for the crypto industry, she has contributed to the success of the magazine, ensuring its content remains relevant, engaging, and informative.

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