China's relationships with cryptocurrencies and ICOs have been quite tough lately. Following the crackdown by the government last month, Bitcoin exchanges in China are looking to continue their businesses in cryptocurrency-friendly countries such as Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea.
For instance, as reported, several Chinese companies are now applying for a license to operate in Japan, the country that legalized Bitcoin as a method of payment in April. Thus, cryptocurrency exchanges are required to register with the country’s Financial Services Agency (FSA).
There’re at least 19 companies applying for a Japanese license.
Still, not only Japan is a cryptocurrency-friendly place. These are the Hong Kong-based exchange, Binance, that is looking for local partners and considering acquiring an operational exchange, and Beijing-based exchange Bixin, which has also expressed its interest.
Mike Kayamori, Head of Quoine, the Singapore-based exchange with a strong presence in Japan, comments on the situation.
We’re talking to almost all of those guys. They’re all desperate now. There’s a lot of Chinese retail people reaching out to us, but we can’t handle it. So if a Chinese partner can handle all of those and they connect to us, that will be much easier.
Head of Quoine
On top of that, some Chinese exchanges are turning to Singapore. The managing director of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Ravi Menon, reveals that the central bank has no plans to regulate cryptocurrencies. Staying true to this "open mind” perspective, Singapore could become one of the most important countries for the development of Blockchain technology.