What is the book?
One Country, Two Blockchains is my ambitious attempt as a writer to simplify two very complex topics: China’s techno-nationalist rise as it embarked on a path of economic reform post-1978, and bitcoin’s intersect in that history.
The larger question that emerges is not just the specifics of that history and the characters and story that come out of it, but rather what the clash between the top-down Chinese state driven model of tech innovation and bottoms-up open source development from bitcoin means for our future.
Who am I?
I’m Roger Huang, a writer that has been thinking and exploring bitcoin since 2013. I’ve been published in TechCrunch, Forbes, VentureBeat, Entrepreneur, the Hong Kong Free Press, the Toronto Star, the Los Angeles Review of Books and cited in AP, Wired, and other outlets related to bitcoin, and thoughts on China. My writing has covered everything from the rise of the digital yuan, to Hong Kong’s protest movement.
What is covered?
There are eight chapters and an introduction currently. Subjects that are covered include:
1- The price history of Bitcoin, and Chinese party-state actions that have led to its rise and fall – why does China want to ban Bitcoin so much? And what does it mean to “ban Bitcoin”.
2- How Chinese entrepreneurs played a major role in the Bitcoin ecosystem and continue to do so, from Bitcoin mining to creating some of the world’s largest exchanges
3- How the Chinese Internet discusses Bitcoin
4- What drives Chinese economic development, and China’s intense fear of inflation
5- The story of the exchanges that grew from PRC, from FTX to Binance
6- Where Bitcoin is going now, from a grassroots, community perspective
7- Analysis of China’s blockchain patents
8- How Bitcoin is related to China’s overall technology development – why the love for blockchain, but not for cryptocurrency?
9- Where Bitcoin fits when it comes to Chinese capital controls and elite corruption
10- How and why Bitcoin is different from other cryptocurrencies