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Chinese state TV just shilled DeFi and Ethereum to hundreds of millions of users

Over the past few years, Chinese authorities have undergone a strong crackdown on most things crypto in the country. Late last year, the Shanghai bank of the People’s Bank of China targeted ICOs, deeming them illegal; earlier this year, there were reports of local governments looking to crack down on local Bitcoin and Ethereum mining operations.

In the west, the view is that China has been cracking down on cryptocurrencies in preparation for the rolling out of its government-controlled digital currency.

But this view may be misconstrued.

A branch of Chinese state television that has hundreds of millions of viewers recently did a segment on cryptocurrencies in which it discussed Ethereum, DeFi, amongst other topics.

Chinese state television just did a segment on Ethereum, DeFi, and more

In an unexpected turn of events, the China Central Television, a state broadcaster with one billion viewers across its channels, aired a segment to one of its top channels on cryptocurrencies. Matthew Graham, an investor with a focus on crypto-assets based in China, shared the segment aired to CCTV2 viewers to his Twitter feed.

加密货币 on CCTV2 cryptocurrencies on China state television pic.twitter.com/IEysx8rasL — Matthew Graham (@mattysino) September 25, 2020

Contradicting the sentiment that China is staunchly against crypto, the segment purportedly covered how digital assets are the best-performing asset class year to date, outperforming gold and stocks.

And in a key part of the clip, the anchors discussed Ethereum, mentioning how it is a top performer in the cryptocurrencies markets, having outpaced Bitcoin, XRP, and a number of other top altcoins.

As to why this is the case, DeFi was cited, as was the fears of inflation in fiat currencies.

No reports or rough translations of the segment mention animosity towards the industry despite prior comments and moves from government branches and officials.

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