Bitcoiners on social media have panned remarks by acting U.S. currency comptroller Brian Brooks that bitcoin is owned by China due to the country’s disproportionate share of the crypto’s mining power. The bitcoiners argue that the disproportionate number of miners stationed in China only means the corresponding block rewards will reflect this imbalance. They add that no country owns bitcoin.
Controlling Internet 2.0
According to Brooks, who has been tapped as the substantive director of the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC), bitcoin miners in China possess more than 50% of the mining capacity. In comments made during a video interview, the pro-crypto Brooks suggests the U.S. is losing the internet 2.0 leadership race to the Asian country. In a short video shared by a Twitter user on November 17, the currency comptroller asks:
As a country, we now face a geostrategic competitiveness issue, which is: Do we in the United States want to own the internet 2.0