Taiwan bans unregistered foreign crypto exchanges from operating

Tuesday, 26 Sep 2023

Cointelegraph By Helen Partz

Original Article

Besides local exchanges like Maicoin, major global crypto trading firms like Binance, Bybit and Kraken have also been serving customers in Taiwan.


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Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is moving to improve protections for cryptocurrency investors by introducing new rules.

The FSC has formulated the key points for regulating Taiwan’s cryptocurrency market, releasing industry guidelines for virtual asset service providers (VASP) operating in the country on Sept. 26.

In the guidelines, the authority mentioned some common industry-wide rules like separating exchange treasury assets from customer assets and reviewing mechanisms for listing and delisting virtual assets.

The FSC also required foreign VASPs to refrain from providing their services in Taiwan without obtaining necessary approvals from the regulator. The FSC stated:

“Overseas virtual asset platform operators are not allowed to provide business within the territory of the country […] unless they have been registered in accordance with the law.”

The authority also said that VASPs are invited to promote self-regulation in the cryptocurrency industry, as relevant VASP associations are expected to formulate self-regulatory norms based on the contents of the guiding principles.

The guidelines came in conjunction with major crypto exchanges in Taiwan announcing the establishment of a joint self-regulatory association. On Sept. 26, local exchanges like Maicoin, BitstreetX, Hoya Bit, Bitgin, Rybit, Xrex and Shangbito officially formed the Taiwan Virtual Asset Platform and Transaction Business Association to promote the industry and help regulators.

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Besides local exchanges, major global crypto trading firms like Binance have also been serving customers in Taiwan. At the time of writing, Kraken exchange says it offers “full services to clients living in Taiwan,” while Bybit exchange supports Visa and Mastercard payments in countries like Taiwan, according to its website.

In August, Binance reportedly applied to be registered in Taiwan under the Money Laundering Control Act and the FSC.

Kraken and Bybit did not immediately respond to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

The news comes shortly after local publications reported on Sept. 7 that the FSC created a draft of 10 guiding principles for managing digital currencies in the country, with plans to restrict unregistered crypto exchanges. The framework is coming on the heels of the FSC becoming the primary regulator of cryptocurrencies in the island country in 2023.

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Cointelegraph By Helen Partz

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