China’s Construction Bank (CCB) has withdrawn the listing of its $3 billion bond on the Malaysian cryptocurrency exchange. The bonds were to be issued by Longbond Ltd, which was to be created specifically to issue digital bonds.
The bond, which was to be tradable on the FUSANG exchange, a crypto trading platform, had CCB Lauban as its listing sponsor.
The day the bond was to be traded, the Labuan-based exchange received a letter from CCB informing them that the world’s second-largest lender “decided not to proceed” with the issuance. The reason for the suspension wasn’t given, said Henry Chong, chief executive of FUSANG. Fusang said in the statement on Monday,
“The exchange has accepted this decision, and is announcing the suspension of the listing with immediate effect.”
This month, Ant Group met with troubles with its record-breaking IPO, just 48 hours before it was to be listed.
According to South China Morning Post, with China’s central bank rolling out its own digital yuan, “CCB’s digital bonds, which can be bought and traded using US dollars or bitcoin, appear to undermine efforts to safeguard its currency sovereignty.”
SCMP is owned by the Chinese Alibaba Group, founded by Jack Ma, who is also the controlling shareholder of Ant Group. Jacky Zuo, an analyst at Hong Kong-based China Renaissance, said,
“If a retail investor could use bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies to trade such digital bonds backed by a Chinese bank, there may not be a welcoming stance from the policymakers’ perspective.”
“This could be seen as challenging the digital yuan.”