(BBC) – Bitcoin creation has joined a list of activities facing a ban in China.
A notice published online in Mandarin by the country's economic planning agency added "virtual currency mining activities [including] the production process of Bitcoin" to a list of industries that could be shut down.
The suggestion is that the power consumed by the industry contributes to pollution and wastes resources.
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The Chinese public has been invited to comment until 7 May.
The National Development and Reform Commission has not said when the suggested ban might be introduced.