China’s Inner Mongolia autonomous region is carrying out an inspection to eliminate “illegal” bitcoin mining operations by October, a government spokesman said, confirming a local report.

An official document detailing the inspection plan was leaked to Chinese media which published photos of the decree from the Inner Mongolian regional authority.

“The inspection is directed by the central government, rather than a standalone plan initiated by the local government,” an industry executive involved in the planning process told CoinDesk.

“The move reflects the nationwide phase-out plan on the bitcoin mining,” the source said. The government’s plan is to drive the digital currency mining industry from China by 2021..

According to the 10-page document, data centers that provide facilities for bitcoin miners and unregistered bitcoin mining businesses will be closed.

The local authorities leading the raids will target any bitcoin mining operation that tries to get preferential electricity prices and tax breaks by pretending to be a sanctioned user, such as a big data company or cloud computing host.

Existing bitcoin mining businesses that pass the…

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