Ant Financial, the payments affiliate of Alibaba, is cooperating with Chinese regulators to scrutinize peer-to-peer cryptocurrency trading using its Alipay mobile app.
Beijing News, a media outlet administrated by the Communist Party, reported on Friday Ant Financial is now beefing up efforts to monitor both merchant and customer accounts as well as notable sites that integrate the Alipay gateway to facilitate over-the-counter (OTC) crypto trading.
A spokesperson from Ant Financial told CoinDesk that “Alipay adheres to the
“We have been and will continue to closely monitor over-the-
counter trading activities. If we find any transactions that we suspect are related to virtual currencies, we take appropriate measures including, but not limited to suspension of related fund transfers and permanently restricting payment collection functions of accounts involved.”
However, the company did not offer details on whether or how many accounts it had already found with crypto trading involvement.
The news follows yesterday’s report that Chinese financial regulators are now seeking to block the internet access to over 100 overseas crypto trading platforms that are still providing services to Chinese investors.
WeChat Pay, another prominent mobile payments application launched by the internet giant Tencent, has also been monitoring and blocking accounts that are suspected of handling crypto transactions, as CoinDesk reported previously.
Following the notable ban on crypto trading and initial coin offerings from People’s Bank of China in September 2017, major Chinese exchanges all shifted their businesses overseas but continued to offer crypto-to-fiat OTC trading.
Alipay, WeChat Pay and bank transfer have since been used as ways for Chinese residents to purchase cryptocurrency assets.
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