As the city moves closer to realising its ambition of becoming a centre for digital assets, banks in Hong Kong are adding cryptocurrency startups as new clients. Despite general restrictions on cryptocurrency-related activity in mainland China, Chinese banks have expressed interest in forming alliances with and onboarding regulated crypto firms in Hong Kong.
For cryptocurrency firms, banks have offered deposit accounts that may be used to fund daily operations like paying salaries to personnel. Some are even going so far as to provide cryptocurrency trade-settlement services, something conventional institutions have shied away from due to the inherent hazards.
To enable token deposits at approved exchanges to be withdrawn in Hong Kong dollars, Chinese yuan, and US dollars, these banks will act as settlement banks, along with offering account services to cryptocurrency firms.
A number of cryptocurrency businesses with permits in the city are cooperating with the Hong Kong branch of China’s state-owned Bank of Communications, and other regulated businesses are interested in opening accounts with them. A Hong Kong-based company named HashKey Group that offers services for digital assets said on Friday that it will shortly introduce HashKey Pro, a new licenced exchange that will enable trading in bitcoin, ether, and tether.
The largest virtual bank in Hong Kong, ZA Bank, which is owned by the Chinese internet insurer ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance, will serve as the settlement bank for the cryptocurrency businesses. The depositing and withdrawal of fiat money will be made possible by the banks working together.
As far as experimenting with cryptocurrencies goes, Chinese institutions have likewise always been wary. Despite Beijing’s long-standing dislike of cryptocurrency-related activity and the impending prohibition on all transactions in 2021, China used to be a significant market for cryptocurrency trading and mining.
However, the city has been stepping into the market strongly with the goals to become a crypto hub. About 80 percent of cryptocurrency companies have already expressed interest in setting up shop in the city or growing their operations there due to the recent events taking place in the city, thus illuminating the city’s future.