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VC funds focused on Southeast Asia and India have raised $3.1 billion so far in 2022. (Source photos by AP/Reuters/Ken Kobayashi) 
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VCs raise record funds for Southeast Asia, India as money leaves China

Beijing's regulatory crackdown on tech has prompted startup investors to diversify

WATARU SUZUKI, Nikkei staff writer | Southeast Asia

TOKYO -- Venture capital firms that back startups in Southeast Asia and India are raising record sums for new funds as investors shift from China.

Southeast Asia- and India-focused VC funds have raised $3.1 billion so far in 2022, already nearing the $3.5 billion they raised in all of last year, according to data from research company Preqin. In comparison, fundraising by China-focused VCs fell sharply from $27.2 billion in 2021 to just $2.1 billion.

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