Bitcoin has been on a tear over the past month, rallying from the low-$11,000s to highs around 36 hours ago at $18,500. This move has been marked by an uptick in mentions of the cryptocurrency by media, along with prominent investors and celebrities.
Chinese media, despite the Chinese government’s aversion to cryptocurrencies (at least decentralized ones), recently made this clear when they covered the rally.
China’s state television channel, CCTV, shills Bitcoin in broadcast amid pump
As noted by prominent Chinese crypto analyst “cnLedger,” yesterday, CCTV, the official Chinese Communist Party television channel, did a segment on Bitcoin due to the rally.
According to him, the state channel covered Bitcoin’s price being up 70 percent in fifty days, along with the strength in the fundamentals of the cryptocurrency:
“CCTV, China’s Official TV Channel: #Bitcoin price surpasses $17.5k, up 70% in less than 50 days. Compared with 2017’s bull market, bitcoin’s network, development and investment eco-system are now far better. The recent rise is driven by institutional funds.”
CCTV, China’s Official TV Channel: #Bitcoin price surpasses $17.5k, up 70% in less than 50 days. Compared with 2017’s bull market, bitcoin’s network, development and investment eco-system are now far better. The recent rise is driven by institutional funds. pic.twitter.com/yZqzGU5veM
— cnLedger (@cnLedger) November 18, 2020
The chyron seen in the images the analyst shared highlights Bitcoin’s impressive price action over recent weeks.
This latest coverage comes after CCTV covered cryptocurrencies in September. As reported by CryptoSlate previously, the anchors then discussed Ethereum, mentioning how it is a top performer in the cryptocurrencies markets, having outpaced Bitcoin, XRP, and a number of other top altcoins.
As to why this is the case, DeFi was cited, as was the fears of inflation in fiat currencies.
It is unclear if other cryptocurrencies that Bitcoin were mentioned in this latest television segment, but many see this as a sign that retail investors will eventually enter the space, driving the market to new local and potentially all-time highs.
Bitcoin is going global once again
The Bitcoin hype is going beyond China. Lucas Huang, Head of Growth at Tokenlon told CryptoSlate:
“With the recent crackdown on over-the-counter (OTC) brokers in China, many Bitcoin miners are facing challenges cashing out their Bitcoin, which in turn contributes to the recent decrease in BTC exchange inflow. I believe there is less sell-side pressure which is pushing Bitcoin higher.”
Earlier this week, users around the world reported that the cryptocurrency was trending on Twitter where they were, with media coverage on the matter picking up dramatically in many Western countries.
In Mexico, Bitcoin just gained the support of a billionaire entrepreneur and investor.
David Puell, an on-chain analyst, noted that Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego recently tweeted that he put 10 percent of his liquid investment assets into Bitcoin due to his belief that the coin is a hedge against encroachment by governments:
“Mexico’s third richest man, owner of a media conglomerate, a bank, with the ear of the Mexican President, just disclosed his 10% BTC position, shilling @saifedean’s ‘The Bitcoin Standard’ in the process.”
In a response to Bitcoiners, Salinas Pliego said that the rest of his investment assets are currently in precious metal related investments, highlighting his hesitance in investing in assets that are tied to fiat currencies.
Bitcoin, currently ranked #1 by market cap, is up 2.16% over the past 24 hours. BTC has a market cap of $333.29B with a 24 hour volume of $36.67B.
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