Miners From Inner Mongolia and Sichuan Selling Their Mining Machines Amid Growing Crackdown
China’s largest online second-hand market place Xianyu has registered a surge in Bitcoin mining machine listing over the past few days especially from Inner Mongolia and Sichuan regions, the two most prolific Bitcoin mining hubs. The significant increase in the sale of second-hand Bitcoin mining machines comes amid growing crackdowns on mining operations in China.
On China's largest online second-hand commodity trading platform Xianyu, the number of mining machines has increased significantly, mostly from Inner Mongolia, Sichuan and other places, and prices are also continuing to decline. pic.twitter.com/MgSn5kEK9w— Wu Blockchain (@WuBlockchain) May 29, 2021
Inner Mongolia brought in new regulations a few days back where it plans to prohibit any kind of crypto mining operations in the region. The new enforcements prohibit all kinds of mining operations big or small to meet the carbon emission goals. The Inner Mongolian region first announced its plans of strict measures against crypto mining in April this year after it failed to meet Beijing’s quarterly carbon emission goals.
Inner Mongolia along with Sichuan is one of the most prominent Bitcoin mining hubs in the country and accounts for several Bitcoin mining farms mostly because of the cheap energy sources to fuel these mining operations.
What would be the impact of China’s crackdown on crypto mining?
China is currently seen as the crypto mining hub of the world as it accounts for nearly 60% of the total hash power input on the Bitcoin network. The main reason for such a high concentration of miners in the country is the availability of clean energy sources at cheap rates. However, many were even worried about such a high concentration of mining input coming from a county like China with authoritarian rule. Thus, many see the recent crackdowns as a way to diversify the mining concentration and make mining has power input more decentralized.
A similar selling rush among miners was observed a couple of years back when there were similar rumors about a possible mining ban in the country.Source