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China tech bosses to meet officials amid talk of crackdown easing

Mixed signals from top leaders leave executives scrambling for guidance

Qihoo 360 Technology Chairman Zhou Hongyi, center, is one of the tech executives due to attend the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference event on May 17.    © AP

HONG KONG -- Senior Chinese officials are due to meet with leading technology executives on Tuesday amid signs Beijing may be turning a page on its crackdown on the sector as economic growth slows, according to people briefed on the event.

Those set to attend the meeting convened by the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference include Zhou Hongyi, founder of internet security company Qihoo 360 Technology. Digital security will be among the topics discussed but business people are most keen to hear whether Beijing will be relaxing the intense pressure it has put on the industry over the past year and a half, one of the people said.

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