Hong Kong Tycoons Moving Assets Into Bitcoin and Offshore Amid Political Turmoil


As Bitcoin cracks $9,000 to reach a yearly high topping $9,300, Hong Kong residents are paying a premium for the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

The digital asset is reportedly being used as a safe haven for wealthy residents in Hong Kong who are looking for a way to protect their funds against a proposed law that would allow the government to extradite alleged criminals to mainland China where they would tried.

The extradition bill would impact Hong Kong’s status as a financial powerhouse, affecting not only Hong Kong residents but also foreign nationals who are living or traveling through the territory.

A financial advisor reports that capital flight is underway.

“The fear is that the bar is coming right down on Beijing’s ability to get your assets in Hong Kong. Singapore is the favored destination.”

Since extradition would allow officials to seize assets, wealthy investors and crypto enthusiasts are turning to offshore investments and alternative digital assets, such as Bitcoin.

Local crypto exchange Tidebit shows that the price of BTC is roughly $160 higher than the global average.

Millennials in black t-shirts organized a historic “Black March” in Victoria Park on Sunday, where protestors demanded the withdrawal of the controversial extradition bill and the resignation of Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Organizers report that the march was the largest in history with nearly two million people participating, representing 27% of Hong Kong’s 7.4 million residents. This was the second consecutive weekend of protests.

Roughly six hours after the march started on Sunday, Lam issued an official apology to Hong Kong residents.

“The Chief Executive admitted that the deficiencies in the Government’s work had led to substantial controversies and disputes in society, causing disappointment and grief among the people. The Chief Executive apologised to the people of Hong Kong for this and pledged to adopt a most sincere and humble attitude to accept criticisms and make improvements in serving the public.”

Protestors are still demanding that Lam step down, despite her apology. CNBC reports that 2,000 protestors, fearing that Lam will eventually try to push through the extradition proposal, gathered outside the Hong Kong legislature on Monday to address her directly.

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