As of press time, the price had increased roughly $43 over the course of the day, climbing from a low of $452.17 to a high of $514.72.
The recent recovery, sparked by 11th April comments from People’s Bank of China (PBOC) governor Zhou Xiaochuan, continued as the rumored 15th April deadline allegedly imposed by the central bank came and went without any additional account closures or adverse actions taken against major exchanges.
In recent weeks, a number of China-based exchanges began reporting that their banking providers had received notice that the PBOC would be more tightly enforcing guidance meant to better separate the country’s state-backed financial system from the nascent bitcoin industry.
The price hit a recent low of $380 on 11th April, but has been trending upward since that date following Xiaochuan’s confirmation that the PBOC did not intend to ban bitcoin.
China market sees similar recovery
This figure was up from the opening price of ¥2,880.77, but down slightly from a high of ¥3,173.48 observed earlier in the day.
The CoinDesk CNY BPI incorporates prices at major China-based exchanges BTC China and OKCoin.
Confidence rises in China
Since much of the decline was spurred by fears related to regulation in China, the lack of action by the PBOC is likely to be the primary motivator for the price increase.
The potential change in policy was first reported by China-based financial news site Caixin in March, however, to date, no documents have surfaced to confirm that the PBOC was looking to take such action.
Major China-based exchanges such as Huobi and OKCoin, however, were exploring any and all possibilities should the PBOC take some action against their services, even openly suggesting that they were making preparations to move operations overseas if necessary.
However, it should be noted that the PBOC has yet to confirm or deny any additional actions against exchanges, meaning it is unknown exactly what the future may hold for the country’s bitcoin businesses.
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- ^ BTCTrade, BTC100 and Huobi (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ ¥3,158.38 (www.coindesk.com)
- ^ China-based financial news site Caixin in March (www.coindesk.com)
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