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Taiwan to block Tencent and Baidu streaming sites on security risk

Taipei fears Beijing ramping up 'cultural infiltration' ahead of 2020 election

Baidu's popular iQiyi platform has 2 million active daily users.   © (Nikkei montage/Reuters)

TAIPEI -- Taiwan is cracking down on video streaming services of Chinese tech giants Baidu and Tencent Holdings, citing national security and propaganda concerns ahead of a presidential election next year.

Chiu Chui-Cheng, deputy minister of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, told the Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that Taiwan is likely to ban Baidu's popular iQiyi platform, and block Tencent's plan to bring its streaming service to the island later this year.

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