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    No, Binance doesn't plan to open a Beijing office despite China warming up to crypto

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During a recent Bloomberg interview, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said that the Malta-based exchange didn't have plans to open an office in Beijing. 

"We don't have an office in Beijing. That's a rumor. That's not true."    

When it comes to their strategy in China, CZ says that they will focus on research and development while helping "wherever they can."

"Our strategy is very simple. I think we want to follow the recommendations very closely and we want to promote the Blockchain technology research and development."    

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Binance's homecoming

On Oct. 31, Coindesk reported that Binance was opening a new office in the Chinese capital, citing two anonymous sources. However, Binance didn't confirm this information. 

This came after Binance launched peer-to-peer trading against the Chinese yuan (CNY) on Oct. 9, which signaled that the country might be finally ready for homecoming after leaving China after that crypto clampdown that took place in Sept. 2017.

Back in August 2019, Binance barred its citizens from using more than 100 foreign exchanges, including Binance. 

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Throwing weight behind blockchain

As reported by U.Today, Chinese President Xi Jinping endorsed blockchain, the technology behind the vast majority of cryptocurrencies, which sparked a major crypto rally. 

Following President Xi's comments, the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party of China, called blockchain a "breaking point" while the country's military newspaper suggested that Chinese soldiers could be rewarded with crypto tokens. 

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Ripple has once once again asked a federal court to dismiss the pending class-action lawsuit over selling illegal securities, a new court filing shows.

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The company reiterates the same "statue of repose" argument, which means that the plaintiffs failed to meet a legal deadline for filing the suit. Ripple started selling XRP to retail investors back in 2013, which means that it was way too late to bring legal actions against it back in summer 2018 after a bar to a lawsuit was imposed in 2016.    

The blockchain behemoth also continues to insist that XRP is not a security, but it called this issue "irrelevant" to their latest motion, which is why it didn't address this point in-depth. It's not the first time that Ripple tries to dodge the big question that is the cornerstone of the long-lasting legal battle. 

"XRP is not a security, but that is irrelevant for purposes of this motion. Even if XRP were a security, Plaintiff's claims still fail as a matter of law,” the filing said.   

Ripple's previous attempt to throw the suit out of the court didn't bode well. As reported by U.Today, Bradley Sostack, the leading plaintiff in the ongoing case, believes that the defendants are still liable for selling illegal securities. The parties are expected to duke it out in court in January 2020.  

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XRP's status as a security remains a point of contention within the cryptocurrency industry. Crypto influencer BitLord recently slammed Ripple for dumping their native tokens on investors to acquire businesses.    

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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