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America’s pain is Asia’s gain in the crypto-space

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As per an analysis, capital in the crypto market has begun to migrate out of the United States and into rising Asian markets.

Crypto's changing dynamics: America's pain is Asia's gain

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  • U.S. entities now hold 11% less Bitcoin than they did in mid-2022.
  • China’s comeback could alter the dynamics in the digital assets market considerably.

The lawsuit against crypto behemoth Binance was the latest attack launched by regulators on crypto participants in the U.S., casting serious concerns about the future of digital assets in the world’s largest financial market.


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The hardline approach of the agencies has reflected on the overall sentiment. According to on-chain analytics firm Glassnode, capital in the crypto market has migrated out of the United States and into rising Asian markets.

U.S. losing sheen?

The analysis highlighted that the extreme dominance of U.S.-based entities, prevalent during the golden period of crypto market in 2020-21, has fallen significantly at the time of publication. These entities now hold 11% less Bitcoin [BTC] than they did in mid-2022.

Source: Glassnode

On the other hand, a significant increase in supply dominance, nearly 10%, was visible across Asian trading hours. European markets have stayed largely neutral over the last year.

Notably, the divergence in BTC supply change based on geography has widened since the beginning of 2023, with Korean exchanges, in particular, arriving prominently on the scene.

As per digital assets data provider Kaiko, Korean exchanges have acquired a significant chunk of monthly trade volume from U.S. based exchanges like Coinbase since the start of 2o23.

Source: Kaiko

Is the crypto dragon back?

While the regulatory landscape in the U.S. has become tougher for crypto entities, a new ray of hope was coming from China. The Chinese government recently published a white paper outlining its aspirations to establish capital Beijing as a worldwide innovation hub for the digital economy.


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China, the Asian economic powerhouse, was one of the first countries to embrace crypto assets. At one time, China was the BTC trading and mining capital of the world. However, after the blanket ban in 2021, it ceded its position to the U.S.

Brian Armstrong, CEO of crypto exchange Coinbase, which has been at the receiving end of U.S. regulators crackdown, recently said restrictive crypto policies in the U.S. will end up benefiting an ambitious adversary like China and they can end up challenging the global dominance of the U.S. Dollar.

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Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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