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Chinese tech giants gravitate toward mainland listings

New option for Alibaba and Tencent as they seek to raise billions for M&A

SHANGHAI -- Leading Chinese internet companies whose shares trade in markets such as New York and Hong Kong are showing a willingness to list in the mainland, seeking new fundraising avenues as the government works to lure investment capital home.

Listing on exchanges in Shanghai and Shenzhen would give the likes of search company Baidu, e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding and chat app operator Tencent Holdings a new option for funding acquisitions in the fiercely competitive Chinese market. Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent -- collectively referred to as BAT -- have all signaled an openness to the idea.

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