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Xi Jinping's recent moves to tie big internet companies to state-run telcos seem to echo the strategies of Mao Zedong. (Nikkei montage/Yusuke Hinata/AP)
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KATSUJI NAKAZAWA, Nikkei senior staff writer | China

Katsuji Nakazawa is a Tokyo-based senior staff and editorial writer at Nikkei. He spent seven years in China as a correspondent and later as China bureau chief. He was the 2014 recipient of the Vaughn-Ueda International Journalist prize.

News of China's big three state-owned telecommunications companies forming separate strategic alliances with three private-sector tech giants, Tencent, Alibaba and, has sent shock waves through a business community now searching for a possible meaning behind the moves.

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