Chinese Exchange Yunbi rumored to close within 3 months

After reporting the demise of cryptocurrency exchanges in China, Chinese financial paper CaiXin followed up a rumor that exchange YunBi will close within 3 months. Journalists from CaiXin interviewed Xiaolai Li (李笑来) who indicated that YunBi will Progressively shut down in 3 months (There are no other official sources to back this up, other than the Caixin Journalist). Xiaolai Li is known to be a major investor in YunBi and is known to have investments in the ICO platform, ICOINFO. It is important to note that YunBi is the only large exchange talking about a potential shut-down, other exchanges such as BTCC, Huobi, OKCoin, Btc38 and Viabtc have all come out to say they haven’t received any notices from the government.

“Xiaolai Li:Yunbi is winding down in 3 months”

BTC is trading for lower on Yunbi

Coin Market Cap trading information

A look at Coinmarketcap shows that BTC is trading at a lower price than competitors such as OKcoin. Currently Yunbi is trading at $3950 USD per bitcoin whilst OKcoin is trading at $4102. This might be sign that OKcoin users are more concerned and choosing to sell their Bitcoin. It is important to note that the current trade volume for Yunbi is only at 1.2 Million USD, which is ranked #141 in terms of trade volume.

ICO connection?

It is possible that YunBi is under additional scrutiny because of its ties ICO trading. They previously unlisted coins such as QTUM, GXS, EOS, ANS, DGD, 1ST, GNT, REP, SNT, OMG, PAY, LUN, VEN. Their investor Xiaolai Li is also connected to ICOINFO, so this might make them a larger target for potential government control. The government explicitly wanted to break up the connection between ICO platforms and Exchanges, hence separating the streamlined ICO listing process.

Additional sources:

8BTC: Li Xiaolai: Yunbi Is Winding Down In 3 Months 

8BTC: “It Will Take Two or Three Years Before all Exchanges Are Shut Down in China”

韭菜日报:李笑来称云币网将在三月内逐步关闭;聚币网普通交易区或将全部暂停;3ICO 将于12日关站,请投资者尽快提现


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I’m Michael Gu, Creator of Boxmining. I’ve been involved in the digital asset and Blockchain space since 2012. Something I immediately noticed was that accurate information is hard to come by in this space. More often than not, we find extremely biased information that exploits the complexity of blockchain to obscure facts. Having been around before bitcoin or blockchain was even “cool” meant that I had to do a lot of discovery myself, and along the way, I had many successes, but also made mistakes. I started Boxmining in 2017 mainly as a passion project, to educate people on digital assets and share my experiences. Being based in Asia, I also found a huge discrepancy between digital asset trends and knowledge gap in the West and China. So I leveraged my knowledge and positioning to bridge that information gap and let people know what is truly happening. This journey has been nothing short of exhilarating for me, starting from when I mined Bitcoin in grad school to appearing on China’s national television as an overseas expert on blockchain technology, and having the honour of interviewing leading crypto entrepreneurs, including Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao and FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried.

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