One of China’s biggest Bitcoin exchanges has said it will stop trading, after a government warning over virtual currencies.
BTCC said it would stop buying and selling on 30 September in response to tightening regulation.
It comes after authorities banned initial coin offerings on 5 September.
The country has seen an explosion of digital currency trading, sparking fears about the financial risks and speculative investing.
The price of Bitcoin tumbled sharply following the BTCC announcement late on Thursday but has since regained some ground.
Chinese authorities expressed concern over the investment risks involved in crypto-currencies and ordered a ban on initial coin offerings, or ICOs, earlier this month.
A growing number of tech companies are opting to sell digital “tokens” to raise funds because they are quick, easy and unregulated.
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Then on Wednesday this week, the state-backed National Internet Finance Association issued a warning that virtual currencies are increasingly being used as a tool for illegal fundraising and money laundering.
BTCC, one of the world’s biggest Bitcoin platforms, said in a tweet Thursday after “carefully considering” the directive from regulators, trading on its platform would cease and it would stop registering new users from Thursday.