Chinanews client, Beijing, November 16 (Reporter Li Jinlei) "For units that implement residential electricity prices, if they find that they are involved in virtual currency'mining' activities, they will be studied to impose punitive electricity prices." November 16. Meng Wei, spokesperson of the National Development and Reform Commission, said at a press conference.
Meng Wei said that the first thing that needs to be clear is that virtual currency is a specific virtual commodity, which is not issued by the monetary authority, is not legally compensatory and compulsory, is not a real currency, and should not and cannot be used as currency in the market. .
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In September of this year, the People’s Bank of China, together with relevant departments, issued the “Notice on Further Preventing and Disposing of the Risks of Hype in Virtual Currency Transactions”, clarifying that virtual currencies do not have the legal status equivalent to legal tender, and their related business activities are illegal financial activities. Participate in virtual currencies. There are legal risks in investment transaction activities.
Meng Wei pointed out that because virtual currency-related business activities are illegal financial activities, virtual currency "mining" behavior is extremely harmful.
Virtual currency "mining" consumes a lot of energy and carbon emissions, and does not have a positive driving effect on industrial development and technological progress
. In addition, the risks derived from virtual currency production and transaction links are becoming more prominent. Its blind and disorderly development has a high impact on promoting the economy and society. Quality development and energy conservation and emission reduction have brought serious adverse effects.
Meng Wei said that the rectification of virtual currency "mining" activities is of great significance to promoting the optimization of my country's industrial structure, promoting energy conservation and emission reduction, and achieving the carbon peak and carbon neutral goals as scheduled.
In order to resolutely implement the relevant deployment requirements for the rectification of virtual currency "mining", the National Development and Reform Commission, together with the Central Propaganda Department, the Central Cyberspace Affairs Office, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and other relevant departments jointly issued the "Notice of "Mining" Activities", clearly added
virtual currency "mining" activities to the "Industrial Structure Adjustment Guidance Catalog (2019)" "elimination category" catalog
, requiring effective measures to comprehensively rectify virtual currency "mining" Activity.
On November 10, the National Development and Reform Commission organized a video conference on the governance of virtual currency "mining" to report on the monitoring and rectification of virtual currency "mining", and deployed the next phase of work, requiring all provinces, regions and municipalities to effectively assume their territorial responsibilities , Establish a system, pay attention to monitoring, clean up and rectify the virtual currency "mining" activities in the region, and strictly investigate and punish the "mining" activities involved in the computer rooms of state-owned units.
Meng Wei pointed out that the next step will be to carry out comprehensive rectification focusing on industrial centralized "mining", state-owned units involving "mining" and Bitcoin "mining".
For units that implement residential electricity prices, if they find that they are involved in virtual currency "mining" activities, they will study the imposing punitive electricity prices on them, forming a high-pressure situation that continues to rectify virtual currency "mining" activities.