Alibaba, Tencent-Backed Unit Face Fine Under Anti-Monopoly Law in China


China’s market regulator on Monday said it fined Alibaba Group and a Tencent Holdings-backed company for failing to seek approval before proceeding with some acquisitions.

It also is launching a review of a merger of two online streaming platforms in the latest tightening of controls over the Internet sector.

In a statement, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation said Monday that it fined Alibaba CNY 5,00,000 (roughly Rs. 56 lakhs) for increasing its stake in department store company Intime Retail Group to 73.79 percent in 2017 without seeking approval.

China Literature, an online publisher and e-book company spun off by Tencent, was fined the same amount for also not seeking approval for its acquisition of New Classics Media. Separately, Shenzhen Hive Box, backed by Chinese courier firm SF Express, was censured over its acquisition of China Post Smart Logistics.

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