The Chinese government produced its public Blockchain and cryptocurrency ratings on May 17th, placing Ethereum top of the list of 28 cryptocurrencies under inspection.

The ratings, which rank an initial tranche of 28 assets by three criteria – technology, application and innovation – come courtesy of what Beijing referred to as “domestic experts” earlier this month.

The project is under the control of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology’s China Electronic Information Industry Development department (CCID).
Having only announced ratings plans at a Beijing conference May 11th, the results have appeared in record time, but may be set to frustrate certain members of cryptocurrency industry as China’s experts ranked Bitcoin in 13th place.

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Even more curiously, below Ethereum at the number one spot, second came Steem, the crypto token used by the Steemit social network.

These were followed by Lisk, NEO and Komodo respectively. NEM’s XEM token came in at twenty-eighth place.


“The results show that the typical representative of the second-generation blockchain technology is Ethereum’s technology assessment index with a smart contract function of 129.4, ranking first in the assessment list, and the evaluation index is ranked second to fifth,” local news outlet China Electronics News summarises linked by social media resource CnLedger.


The unlikely underperformance of Bitcoin in the ratings echoes the results of the world’s first such endeavour from Weiss Ratings earlier this year.

The agency’s findings caused a furore when they appeared in January, Bitcoin receiving an overall score of ‘C+’ (later upgraded to a B-) while Ethereum also topped its list with a ‘B.’

Other famous names also failed to impress China meanwhile, Litecoin attaining only 21st place, four places ahead of Bitcoin Cash.

Ethereum Classic was 16th, Ripple 17th and Dash 18th, while Bytecoin achieved 20th.

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