In today’s dynamic blockchain landscape, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region stands out as a hub of innovation and opportunity. While the United States grapples with regulatory uncertainties and political tug-and-pull, the APAC region is forging ahead with clear and supportive policies that foster economic growth and technological advancement

The United States stands to benefit significantly by drawing inspiration from the transparent crypto policies observed by these overseas nations. Following the example set by the Asia-Pacific region in embracing the enhanced prosperity, opportunities, and technological progress facilitated by crypto and blockchain technology would be advantageous for the United States. There is no more an opportune time than the present for the U.S. to adopt similar approaches.

The evidence is clear

The divisive nature of U.S. policy over blockchain solutions is closely linked to their perceived societal impact. While some critics speculate that these technologies could catalyze harmful financial exploits and disrupt the economy, many of these concerns stem from a fear of the unknown. The promise of crypto to solve real-world problems and propel the global economy forward is undeniable, and the sector’s strengths are put on display in Asia.

Crypto enables banking services for underserved populations in Southeast Asia, where over 70 percent lack access to basic financial services, including difficulties securing credit cards, loans, or sufficient insurance coverage. It also supercharges growth in the finance and technology sectors, with the APAC region projected to lead global revenue growth in banking and financial services by reaching $81.5 billion by 2030.

When it comes to enhancing digital sovereignty and privacy, vital in an era of increased data exploitation and breaches, blockchain solutions are empowering individuals with increased protection and autonomy. While regulation is necessary to curb illicit activities, such as fraud and money laundering, the ideal crypto policy balances these concerns without stifling the innovative features of blockchain technology.

Understanding APAC’s regulatory framework

American entities have encountered numerous obstacles in utilizing blockchain and decentralized solutions — not due to their intention to protect deceptive individuals. Put plainly, a lack of regulatory clarity creates opportunities for problems and blame-shifting. Without clear rules and policies to guide growth and development, both builders and users are left in the dark.

APAC plays by a different rulebook. One region leading the charge is Hong Kong, which acknowledged the transformative potential of distributed ledger and Web3 technologies in shaping finance and commerce as early as 2022. Since then, Hong Kong has unveiled a crypto licensing framework, opening doors for licensed exchanges like HashKey and OSL to offer retail trading services, and worked with the Securities and Futures Commissions (SFC) to expand investor engagement in crypto ETFs and publish pivotal circulars to regulate digital asset tokenization activities.

As of 2024, the SFC remains committed to reviewing applications from 14 crypto firms, including OKX and Bybit, for virtual asset trading platform licenses to ensure businesses and users transact safely. Not to mention that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has recently unveiled a series of proposals to introduce a comprehensive framework for stablecoin issuers.

Meanwhile, across the strait in Singapore, the Monetary Authority maintains its steadfast commitment to regulating crypto firms, granting coveted licenses to industry giants like Coinbase and Circle. In Japan, significant revisions to the Payment Services Act were enacted in June, fortifying stablecoin-related regulations to safeguard investor interests in the wake of TerraUSD’s tumultuous implosion. This positive trajectory spurred Circle, the issuer of the USDC stablecoin, to forge a strategic partnership with Japanese financial behemoth SBI Holdings, signaling a deepening integration of crypto into the country’s financial ecosystem.

Moreover, South Korea’s vibrant city of Busan has emerged as a beacon of crypto innovation, announcing ambitious plans for the Busan Digital Asset Exchange. Amidst these developments, South Korea’s National Pension Service made headlines with its substantial investment in Coinbase shares, reflecting a bullish outlook on the burgeoning crypto industry. The Philippines is also taking a proactive approach to fostering Web3 adoption by partnering with the Blockchain Council of the Philippines (BCP) to encourage dialogue with key stakeholders and government bodies in hopes of emerging as a global blockchain powerhouse

With each regulatory milestone and strategic partnership, APAC countries are cementing their positions as trailblazers in blockchain innovation, propelling the region into the forefront of the crypto revolution. APAC nations have sustained this momentum by walking hand-in-hand with regulators and blockchain executives while shunning the restrictive ambiguity of U.S. policies to encourage more venture capitalists to invest in projects and more civilians to participate in the space.


As the U.S. contends with regulatory uncertainties, it risks falling behind in the global race. Because APAC countries have embraced blockchain technology with clear and supportive policies, development and economic growth have accelerated the region to the top of the blockchain charts. This influx of investment has not only fueled economic growth but has also brought tangible benefits to local communities. From expanding access to banking services to creating high-paying jobs, blockchain technology is driving positive change across Asia.

To remain competitive in the rapidly evolving digital economy, the U.S. must adopt a balanced regulatory approach that is open-minded, fostering collaboration and the adoption of concrete guidelines, while also addressing legitimate concerns. By taking cues from the progressive policies of APAC nations, the U.S. can unlock the full potential of blockchain technology and secure its position as an accompanying leader in the digital age.

Markus Levin co-founded XYO in 2018, establishing it as the first people-powered decentralized project that connects data from the physical world directly with blockchain smart contracts and other digital entities.

Since then, XYO’s mission has evolved as a tech protocol to bring sovereignty back to personal data and shatter the centralized data-gobbling paradigms that define the modern web. Markus is a trailblazer in blockchain regulation, as XYO prides itself on compliance and transparency. In addition to filing semi-annual financial reports, XY Labs, the parent company behind the protocol, is traded on the SEC-regulated trading platform, tZERO.

With nearly two decades of tech leadership experience, the serial entrepreneur previously served as CEO at cutting-edge AdTech venture Hive Media Group. Markus mined his first Bitcoin in 2013 and has been captivated by blockchain technologies ever since.

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