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China's tech crackdown widens to Tencent from Alibaba

Communist Party scrambles to rein in country's online giants

Tencent, which started out in gaming, has become a Chinese tech giant comparable to e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba Group Holding.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Chinese authorities are cracking down harder on the country's tech titans of late, putting internet services company Tencent Holdings in their sights, after doing the same to e-commerce leader Alibaba Group Holding.

Ostensibly, regulators are focused on anti-competitive practices and protecting customers' personal information. But many observers believe the move is motivated by a desire to keep mighty IT companies in check.

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