The major method to skirt the ICO prohibition in China, Chinese experts believe, can be working via foreign “dummy” shadow companies.
The ICO ban
The news agency claims that after the implementation of tight regulatory measures regarding the ICO and crypto markets in China, local digital exchanges began operating abroad. Even though they are unavailable for the country’s home market, they still kept servicing local traders.
The majority of trading companies went off to crypto-friendly Malta. This, the researchers believe, can be proved by the wide spreading of the Chinese language in Malta-registered crypto exchanges.
How to avoid regulatory prohibitions
Xinhua also believes that exchanges are notifying their users regarding ICOs and operations with crypto via Telegram channels.
One of the insiders sharing information with the agency claims that OTC operations do not seem to violate any laws. Besides, as the experts remind us, the current Chinese crypto ban can be easily skirted by means of VPN servers. This is what Chinese traders began to do in early September.
As a reminder, the ICO ban was imposed by Chinese authorities back in 2017. Since then startups conducting ICOs began returning funds to the investors.