Bitcoin (BTC) saw a fresh price dip on May 21 amid reports that China had reiterated its pledge to crack down on mining and trading.
China and Bitcoin: Old news
The pair had recently regained $42,000 after a record-breaking recovery from a $30,000 dip on May 19, with the latest concerns erasing some of its progress.
These focused on a Chinese government statement that revealed plans to “crack down on Bitcoin mining and trading behavior, and resolutely prevent the transmission of individual risk.”
As Cointelegraph reported, China had already reiterated its plans to control cryptocurrency activities within its jurisdiction, but media sources had taken comments from officials as a threat to the industry. With no official changes in policy coming on May 21 either, commentators were likewise quick to lay the blame on those spreading bad publicity.
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“Let China actually ban Bitcoin and Bitcoin mining,” popular commentator WhalePanda responded.
“Mining would be more decentralized, black market for Bitcoin would thrive and the ‘China controls Bitcoin’ false narrative would disappear.”
Research previously showed that the Bitcoin network is resilient to changes in conditions, with a loss of mining power in one location soon compensated elsewhere.
In a separate development, regulators in Hong Kong are planning to ban retail trading of cryptocurrency — with an exception for millionaires.
As of the time of publication, Bitcoin was already rebounding from local lows of $36,680.
Market resilience solidifies
More broadly, the impact of negative news slowed following the $30,000 dip, potentially due to the market now being cleansed of overleveraged traders.
A tweet from Tesla CEO Elon Musk on May 20 further criticizing Bitcoin’s energy consumption likewise failed to cause the same shock as the first tweet last week.
“Bitcoin hashing (aka mining) energy usage is starting to exceed that of medium-sized countries. Almost impossible for small hashers to succeed without those massive economies of scale,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, popular Twitter account Documenting Bitcoin became the latest to highlight the uncanny bullish consequences of Chinese FUD — fear, uncertainty and doubt — surrounding Bitcoin. BTC/USD tends to see its biggest gains in the period following a round of doomsday noises from Beijing.