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The purpose of Chinese President Xi Jinping's new education policies is very clear: "to stop after-school training." (Source photos by AP and Getty Images)
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Chinese tutoring companies struggle to reinvent themselves

After crackdown, school operators venture into clothing and farm equipment

CISSY ZHOU, Nikkei staff writer | China

HONG KONG -- A few short months ago, international investors ascribed a valuation of over $30 billion to New Oriental Education & Technology, one of the giants of China's for-profit tutoring sector, excited over the prospects for the growing and lucrative market.

Yet in a livestream this month on Douyin, the domestic version of TikTok, New Oriental founder Yu Minhong announced a startling pivot. He and several hundred of the company's teachers would henceforth be selling agricultural products via an online platform; the bulk of the tutoring business would be shut down.

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