When China Met Bitcoin

What I hope you’ll come out of after reading Would Mao Hold Bitcoin:

1- A much better understanding of Bitcoin’s history, some of the more fundamental aspects underpinning Bitcoin’s price, its use as a financial tool that can help protect people’s freedom and privacy, and why that’ll matter more with each passing year.

2- Enough recent Chinese history to understand why China played an unique role in Bitcoin’s growth – and how China’s economic ascent helped shape the world we live in today.

3- You’ll understand that there’s an ongoing war that will affect your freedoms and your wallet when it comes to choosing between state-driven authoritarian technologies, and open-source “freedomtech” like Bitcoin and Nostr.

4– What happens in China with bans placed on Bitcoin and the creation of a technological surveillance state will matter for your freedoms and wallets.

5– Ultimately, China is trying to export its model country-by-country while competing with open-source tech. However, polling seems to indicate that both the United States and China are seeing increasing disillusionment with both their models.

6– What’s required is a positive vision beyond these two alternatives – and Bitcoin provides that, with many Chinese people still using it to shelter their wealth despite the fact that Bitcoin/Tether trading can land people into jail.

7- My book unearthed Chinese cypherpunks posting on Nostr, and the stories of Chinese entrepreneurs who helped build the first generation of Bitcoin businesses, some who are still building in the space.

8- My hope is that by reading my book, you can get a deeper view on the intersect between technology, personal stories, geopolitics, history, and economics that the canvas of Bitcoin and China provides.


I’m Roger Huang, the author behind the book

I wrote “Would Mao Hold Bitcoin” because I thought the conflict between China and Bitcoin had characters and themes that would define the 21st century. Through further research, I’ve found that the world’s largest mining pools, Bitcoin exchanges, and buzzwords like “blockchain”, “decentralization” and more will carry real impact for everybody’s wallet and freedoms.