Chinas state planning agency calls for public opinion on Bitcoin mining ban

Chinas National Development and Reform Commission is seeking public opinion on the inclusion of crypto mining in its list of phased-out industries.

The call for public comments by the countrys macroeconomic planning agency was contained in a release issued on Thursday.

Back on Sept. 24, the agency addeddigital currency mining to its list of outdated industries following sweeping crackdowns by authorities in Beijing against crypto miners.

The move offered a definitive stance by the commission after seemingly going back and forth on the issuefor the last two years.

As part of the calls for public comments, the agencys notice requested public feedback from relevant units as well as people from all walks of life.

The public comment period will last for one month, between Thursday, Oct. 21, and Nov. 21. Members of the public interested in providing feedback on the matter will have four different avenues to make their opinions known, including emails, physical mail and comments sections on the commissions website.

In a related development, the commission also put out a post on its website stating that the United States had replaced China as the dominant Bitcoin (BTC) mining nation in the world.

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Indeed, as previously reported by Cointelegraph, the U.S. now accounts for over a third of the global Bitcoin mining hash rate distribution, with Kazakhstan and Russia in second and third place, respectively.

Even before Beijings crackdown, crypto miners in North America had been expanding their capacity with massive hardware orders from major manufacturers such as Bitmain and MicroBT.

At the height of Chinas dominance, Chinese miners controlled three-quarters of the global Bitcoin hash rate.

Chinese miners driven out by the ban have reportedly moved their hardware to overseas locations, including Kazakhstan, with states such as Texas and Florida looking to attract some of these companies.