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Tencent shares gain as China 'blocks' WhatsApp

Tighter censorship, following Liu Xiaobo death, could push users to WeChat

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HONG KONG -- Shares in China's internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings rose to an all-time trading high of 298.80 Hong Kong dollars on Wednesday, following reports that Beijing has been partially blocking the popular messaging service WhatsApp from Monday.

The news sparked expectations that tighter censorship by Beijing could push users of Facebook's WhatsApp to switch to Tencent's WeChat.

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