China banned all crypto transactions and vowed to stop illegal crypto mining, delivering the toughest blow yet to the trillion-dollar industry. 

Crypto-related transactions will be considered illicit financial activity, including services provided by off-shore exchanges, the People’s Bank of China said on its website. It added that cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Tether, are not fiat currency and cannot be circulated.  

It’s the harshest step yet that China’s taken against crypto and strikes at the heart of a market that’s boomed this year and attracted enthusiasts including billionaire Elon Musk. China has long expressed displeasure with crypto because of its ties to fraud and money laundering, and excessive energy usage. 

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