Following the regulatory crackdown in China, bitcoin’s price has climbed back up 30 percent over the $4K zone since the market’s nosedive last Friday. Now China’s bitcoin trade volume has dropped to the fourth position globally as Japan has taken the reigns over the past two days. Chinese traders have once again taken trading to the ‘streets’ and have also migrated business to Hong Kong and Korean exchanges.
Japan Captures the Lead in Global Bitcoin Trade Volume
According to statistics from data sites like Crypto Compare and Coinmarketcap, Japan has taken the lead in global bitcoin trade volume. Currently, ¥ 93B worth of bitcoins are being swapped in the country as Japan is capturing over 47 percent of the global BTC volumes. Since the regulatory fiasco in China, exchanges like Bitflyer, Zaif, Coincheck, and others have jumped forward when it comes to BTC and global fiat swaps. Japan’s leading trade volume is followed by U.S., Korea, China, and Europe.
China’s Traders Move to OTC Markets and Localbitcoins
After BTCC, Huobi, Yobit, Yunbi, Okcoin, and others announced they were closing shortly, Chinese domestic exchange volumes dropped significantly. However, Over the Counter (OTC) trading has once again taken over in the region as traders are now swapping bitcoins over Telegram and other avenues. Further, Localbitcoins volumes in China has spiked exponentially, just as it did when Chinese exchanges paused deposits and withdrawals this past January. In fact, since governments all around the world have been making things a bit more difficult lately, Localbitcoins volumes have skyrocketed worldwide to the highest point ever with over $71M traded in the first week of September.
There’s also a relatively unknown OTC player in the Asian region who handles quite a bit of trading called Richfund.pe. Many insiders believe liquidity providers like Richfund are doing far more business since the Chinese exchange closure announcements. The business claims to command a significant portion of China’s large-scale OTC bitcoin trading, alongside other countries in the area.
“We provide 1000-5000 BTC large OTC services in China, Korea, Cambodia, Hong Kong and Taiwan,” explains the bitcoin liquidity provider and hedge fund management company Richfund.
Hong Kong and South Korean Exchanges Reap the Benefits from China’s Regulatory Crackdown
Not only did Chinese traders move to alternative solutions like OTC trading and Localbitcoins, many of them seemingly migrated to the Hong Kong-based exchange Gatecoin. Since the first wave of announcements, Gatecoin’s volumes have coincidently spiked over 24 percent. Other exchanges like BTCex, and ANX have also seen similar volume lifts since the September 15th exchange announcements. Speculators believe that not only has Chinese trading platforms pushed customers to Japan but traders are migrating to Hong Kong and South Korean exchanges as well. All three countries have seen bitcoin trade volumes increase over the past three days.
It’s safe to say Chinese traders have found other avenues to trade bitcoin and alongside OTC alternatives; many neighboring countries are reaping the benefits.
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