Huobi Will Not Serve Chinese Users

  • Huobi said in a statement that it is not accepting registration of new accounts for Mainland China users.
  • Existing accounts from users in that region will be gradually phased out by December 31, 2021.
  • Huobi said it would “ensure the safety of users’ assets,” but it hasn’t detailed its plans for acting on that promise.
  • The move comes after China instituted a renewed ban on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies last week.

Bitcoin exchange Huobi will gradually retire existing users in Mainland China and has already ceased account registration for people interested in the firm’s services who live in that region, the company said in a statement on September 26.

Huobi said it no longer opens accounts for users in Mainland China, effective September 24, 2021. The company shared on its website that the move is an effort “to comply with local laws and regulations.”

However, existing user accounts in the region will be gradually retired by December 31, 2021, Huobi said. Per the statement, the bitcoin exchange will “inform users on the specific arrangements and details through official announcements, emails, text messages,” or other mediums.