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Tencent in court as Chinese anti-monopoly suit goes to trial

Internet giants increasingly the target of individual lawsuits in China

The Hong Kong-listed company defended itself in a Beijing court on Monday against accusations that it had abused its market power.   © Reuters

HONG KONG -- Chinese social media giant Tencent Holdings stood trial in a Beijing court Monday in an antimonopoly suit accusing the operator of the hugely popular messaging app WeChat of abusing its market position.

The Beijing Intelligence Property Court did not immediately announce its ruling after the nearly 4-hour-long trial, but the plaintiff, Zhang Zhengxin, a lawyer, told the Nikkei Asian Review that he intended to appeal if the court found against him.

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