According to a document released by the state planner on Friday, China has added cryptocurrency mining to a draft list of businesses in which investment is limited or barred, albeit reducing the number of sectors on the list overall.
The "negative list" specifies which businesses and areas are off-limits to both Chinese and foreign investors.
This year, Chinese regulators prohibited cryptocurrency trading and mining, with the country's central bank vowing last month to eliminate "illegal" cryptocurrency activity. As a result of the crackdown, cryptocurrency exchanges have discontinued ties with Chinese users.
China has also tightened its grip on public discourse, slamming show business for "polluting" society and demanding mobile browsers to stop spreading rumors, using sensationalist headlines, and publishing anything that goes against socialism's essential ideals.
The state planner said that "non-public" capital would no longer be invested in a variety of publishing activities, including live broadcasts, news gathering, editing, and broadcasting organizations, as well as news operations.
In the realm of news and public opinion, non-public capital cannot be involved in the introduction of news produced by abroad entities, summits, or award selection activities.
The draft 2021 list of industries in which investment is limited or barred has been reduced to 117, down from 123 in 2020, according to the National Development and Reform Commission.
There are no restrictions on who can invest in industries that aren't on the list.