Stocks in Chinese blockchain A-share firms maxed out to their 10% daily limit after an endorsement of the technology from the highest echelons of power.
Last week, President Xi Jinping had called for the country to accelerate its adoption of blockchain technologies to drive innovation and industrial transformation.
Interest in Bitcoin, blockchain
Bitcoin (BTC) has soared by close to 16% price on the week and is trading above $9,400 by press time.
On Oct. 26, the cryptocurrency saw its highest intraday gain since 2011, gaining 42% to trade AT $10,500.
WeChat searches (10/23/19):
— 区块链 (Blockchain): 777K
— 比特币 (Bitcoin): 572K
WeChat searches (10/25/19):
— 区块链 (Blockchain): 9.2MM
— 比特币 (Bitcoin): 1.3MM
WeChat search data 23-25 Oct. 2019. Source: Cole Kennelly
Dovey Wan, co-founder of crypto investment holding firm Primitive Ventures, tweeted a screenshot of the stock market boom in the domestic blockchain sector, noting that “as expected, almost ALL (over 100) blockchain-related Chinese A-shares hit the daily upper limit (10% intraday gain)”:
Blockchain firm A-shares on the Chinese stock market. Source: Dovey Wan
A blockchain arms race
Meanwhile, on global markets, Chinese firms such as the Shenzhen Xunlei Networking Technologies Co. soared 107.76% to $4.82 — its highest daily rise since its listing on Nasdaq in 2014, according to the Global Times.
Today, Oct. 28, Wan has also voiced her concern following reported news that:
“China Merchant Bank just announced invested in BitPie, the Bitcoin wallet with longest history and most users back in China … Tho it’s a non-custodial wallet there can be a non-zero chance …. [redacted]”
Readers might recall that Mark Zuckerberg had last week attempted to fuel lawmakers’ concerns about a prospective cryptocurrency and fintech arms race between the United States and China, in a bid to seal their approval for the development of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin.