China is trying to limit the mining and trading of cryptocurrencies (Getty Images)
China is trying to limit the mining and trading of cryptocurrencies (Getty Images)

The volatility of cryptocurrencies continues to be felt around the world as Bitcoin, Dogecoin, Ethereum and others took another tumble.

This time, it was due to China tightening its crackdown on digital currencies.

Last Friday, authorities in the south-west province of Sichuan ordered Bitcoin mining projects to close.

And on then on Monday, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) summoned other banks and payment firms and urged them to clamp down further on bitcoin mining and trading.

The result was Bitcoin dropping in value to $31,333 on Monday – nearly half the $65,000 value it held in April. In the last six days, Bitcoin has lost more than 20% of its value.

The knock-on effect has also brought down the likes of Dogecoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies.

Shanghai at night
China mines more than half the world’s cryptocurrencies (Credits: Getty Images)

The crackdown in Sichuan is no small matter. The region is the second largest producer of Bitcoin in the country. China itself mines more than half the world’s cryptocurrencies.

‘People still react strongly to actions from China that create uncertainty so this is likely to reflect negatively on the bitcoin price,’ Ruud Feltkamp, chief executive officer at at crypto trading bot Cryptohopper told the Guardian.

‘China is rolling its own cryptocurrency and has every incentive to have as little competition as possible … I think we will see miners leaving China and relocate where there is spare or cheap energy.’

Will cryptocurrencies recover?

Dogecoin has continued its massive surge (Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images Europe)
We probably haven’t seen the last of Dogecoin (Yuriko Nakao/Getty Images Europe)

Despite the current dip in value, Bitcoin is still up by about 11% in the year to date.

Even though China is trying to clamp down on it, other countries are embracing the decentralised currency.

Chances are strong that Bitcoin, Dogecoin and others will rebound at some stage – although they could always plunge again at any moment.

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