Hong Kong LegCo Member Allays Vitalik Buterin’s Concerns

Vitalik Buterin’s Concerns Spark Dialogue on Hong Kong’s Crypto-Friendly Future.

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  • Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin expressed doubts about crypto regulations in Hong Kong.
  • Vitalik fears Hong Kong’s positive stance towards crypto may be short-term.
  • Regulators have rolled out new frameworks for investors.

In the growing landscape of cryptocurrencies, Hong Kong has emerged as a promising contender for the world’s crypto hub title. Over the past year, it has actively embraced virtual assets and fortified favorable regulations, strengthening its position as a prominent player in the global crypto scene.

Amid this optimism, however, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin has cast a shadow of uncertainty over the longevity of the crypto-friendly stance the region has recently embraced. 


The crypto mogul voiced his concerns during a public event, questioning whether “it will continue to be friendly years from now when all kinds of unknown, regulatory and political and other kinds of events are going to happen.”

Lawmaker’s Response

In a swift response, Hong Kong lawmaker Johnny Ng responded to Buterin’s remarks with an invitation that went beyond mere words.

Ng, a member of the Legislative Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, sought to provide Buterin with an in-depth understanding of Hong Kong’s well-structured regulatory environment and strategic vision for cryptocurrencies. 

Addressing Buterin’s doubts about the sustainability of virtual assets policies, Ng reassured that “Hong Kong’s policies and regulations do not undergo abrupt changes. All relevant strategies and regulations are forged through extensive social consensus and rigorous procedures”. 

The lawmaker further explained that “every policy or legislation in Hong Kong will go through a period of discussion, including government policy writing, public consultation, discussions in multiple committees of the Legislative Council and the General Assembly, etc.,” thereby promising a certain degree of stability in the forthcoming years. 


In response to Buterin’s questions about Hong Kong’s complications with China, Ng underlined that the dynamics of Hong Kong allow it to operate as a special administrative region with distinct policies. Highlighting the region’s legislative authority, he reaffirmed Hong Kong’s capacity to formulate policies on virtual assets and its decision to welcome global compliance companies looking to establish within the region.

This gesture holds immense potential as it could serve as a bridge between global crypto influencers and the city’s new policies.

Hong Kong’s Friendly Crypto Landscape

The evolving narrative in Hong Kong is rooted in its crypto-friendly ecosystem. In stark contrast to the restrictive crypto policies in mainland China, Hong Kong has altered its course to become a haven for cryptocurrency ventures. Recent developments, including the implementation of a comprehensive licensing system for virtual asset service providers, underscore Hong Kong’s ambitions to become a global hub for crypto innovation and investment.

In line with this, the Hong Kong Web 3.0 Association rolled out new policy recommendations in September, embracing the transformative potential of emerging technologies. The four-part proposal included the creation of a legislative framework to support digital assets and the establishment a cross-departmental working group to set and review laws.

The legislative efforts reinforce the region’s commitment to the success of the industry and its efforts to become a leader in the blockchain and virtual currency sectors. 

On the Flipside

  • Hong Kong’s crypto-friendly policies may draw both startups and investors, fostering a climate of trust and opportunity in the ever-evolving crypto market.
  • According to the August 8th statement, non-complying investors risk legal conviction, subsequent fines of $1,000,000, and/or seven years imprisonment.
  • Hong Kong will invest in organizing training programs for regional universities under new policies.  

Why This Matters

The outcome of the dialogue between Vitalik Buterin and Johnny Ng could leave an indelible mark on the future of cryptocurrencies in Hong Kong and set a precedent for crypto-friendly policies globally. It is an opportunity to foster deeper collaboration between crypto luminaries and local regulators, creating an environment conducive to innovation and investment.

Read more on Hong Kong’s efforts to scale in the world of technology:
Hong Kong Unveils New Recommendations to Boost Blockchain Leadership 

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Grace Abidemi

Grace Abidemi, a cryptocurrency reporter at DailyCoin, covers industry developments and trends. She previously worked as a freelance writer. With a Bachelor's degree in German Language and certifications in marketing and storytelling, Grace creates engaging content. When not working, she's in Nigeria, mastering cooking and canvas painting, and enjoys learning about different cultures and languages.