China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd. has led a US$4 billion new funding round in Meituan-Dianping, one of the largest on-demand local services platforms in China.
A cross-border investment fund co-established by Sequoia Capital China and CBC Capital has invested in state-owned company China Electronics Corporation’s data subsidiary as a strategic investor to help the firm set up a joint venture with IBM to provide IBM’s Watson Health solutions in China.
Foxconn Technology Group and venture firm IDG Capital are reportedly raising a RMB10 billion (US$1.5 billion) fund to jointly invest in automotive technologies ranging from autonomous driving to car battery development.
JD Finance, the financial services unit of Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc., has hired Bo Liefeng (pictured), former principal research scientist at Amazon.com Inc., as chief scientist of its artificial intelligence lab.
Chinese investors overseas just can’t seem to get a break. First, the Chinese government strengthened its grip on overseas deals to slow capital outflows. Now, the U.S. government under president Donald Trump appears more protectionist than ever, blocking a growing list of Chinese investments in the U.S. in the name of protecting American business and security interests.
In a bid to establish itself as a leading player in global technology innovation, Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., today announced plans to spend up to US$15 billion on research and development, establish seven research labs and recruit 100 top scientist worldwide over a three-year period.
Singaporean transportation and mobile payments platform Grab has led a new funding round of US$15 million in Drive.ai, a California-based self-driving technology company, according to a press release from Drive.ai. Other unidentified investors also participated in the round.
Happigo Home Shopping Co., Ltd., a TV shopping platform listed on ChiNext, a NASDAQ-style board of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, will acquire 100% ownership of Mango TV, an online video platform of Hunan Satellite TV, for RMB9.5 billion (US$1.4 billion), according to a stock exchange filing by Happigo.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. has formed partnerships with automotive manufacturers SAIC Maxus Automotive Co., Ltd., and Dongfeng Motor Corp. to conduct research into the use of autonomous vans in its logistics business.
Update: Meituan Dianping Announced A US$4 billion Financing Round on October 19, 2017 Meituan Dianping, one of the largest Chinese on-demand local services providers, is said to be raising around US$3 billion from investors including its long-time backer Tencent Holdings Ltd., IDG Capital and other investors, people with close information of the matter said.
Alibaba is becoming a serious player in the online gaming sector. The technology giant founded by Jack Ma today announced that it has acquired online gaming company Ejoy and revealed plans to establish for the first time a dedicated gaming unit to expand into the lucrative sector.
Chinese e-commerce giant JD.com Inc. is partnering with U.S. technology firm Nvidia Corp. to deploy one million logistics drones in China over the next five years.
It’s Monday morning, and Ms. Li, a sanitation worker at a Shenzhen apartment building is busy emptying leftover food from delivery boxes and collecting the plastic containers. On this day, she finds about 200 pieces, which she’ll sell for just RMB3 to augment her RMB2000 monthly salary. Monday morning offers the best pickings as the garbage can is full of food delivery bags dumped over the weekend.
Chinese Internet giant Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. has agreed to make an additional investment of RMB5.3 billion (US$807 million) to increase its ownership of Cainiao Network and to become a controlling shareholder of its logistics services affiliate.
Canyon Bridge Capital Partners LLC, a private-equity firm backed by Chinese state-owned China Reform Fund Management, has agreed to acquire U.K. chip maker Imagination Technologies in a deal that values the British firm at £550 million (US$745 million).
Venture capitalists are throwing money at China’s cashier-free convenience stores. But will they actually make money, or learn once again that retail, even tech-driven retail, is a brutal business of low margins, low barriers to entry and high fixed costs?
Didi Chuxing has bought US$200 million worth of shares in Beijing-based second-hand car marketplace Renrenche.com in a strategic investment, marking the latest investment deal in China’s fast moving online used-car market, according to Didi’s announcement.
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Alibaba has taken another step in its quest to become ubiquitous in the daily life of every Chinese consumer, this time taking a page out of the play book of international retail giant Ikea. Three days ago, Alibaba opened a bright, colorful, all inclusive home furnishing flagship store in Hangzhou that looks and feels very much like an IKEA store, but is fully augmented by Alibaba’s online e-commence technology.
China’s online ticketing market will be ruled by a single giant, following the announced merger of Maoyan, majority owned by Chinese television and film company Enlight Media, and Beijing Weiying Technology Co., Ltd., which is backed by Tencent Holdings Ltd.
Beijing-based online recruitment platform Lagou.com has signed an agreement to raise US$120 million from strategic investor 51job, Inc., a Chinese human resources service provider listed on the NASDAQ. Following the transaction, 51job will hold a 60% shares in Lagou.com, becoming its largest shareholder, according to a statement posted on 51job’s WeChat account and a release issued by 51job.
Baidu Inc. said it plans to set up a RMB10 billion (US$1.5 billion) Apollo Fund to invest in 100 autonomous driving projects globally in the next three years, as the Chinese Internet giant continues to push ahead its artificial intelligence strategy.
Alphabet subsidiary Google announced today that it has signed a US$1.1 billion agreement with Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corporation, in which certain HTC employees – many of whom are already working with Google to develop Pixel smartphones – will join Google. HTC will receive US$1.1 billion in cash from Google as part of the transaction. Separately, Google will receive a non-exclusive license for HTC intellectual property.
Tencent Holdings Ltd. has agreed to invest HK$2.86 billion (US$367 million) in China International Capital Corp Ltd (CICC) for a 4.95% stake in the company. At the same time, the two parties said they have agreed to establish a strategic partnership in a range of services and products leveraging Tencent’s financial technology and CICC’s wealth management capabilities, according to a joint announcement.
Banyan Capital has led a RMB1 billion (US$152 million) series B round in QianBaoCard.com, a Shanghai-based local shopping online to offline (O2O) platform.
Tencent Holdings Ltd. has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co., Ltd. to discuss possible cooperation in automobile e-commerce, automobile insurance and new energy vehicles, according to a statement issued by Guangzhou Automobile Group.
Chinese bike rental company Youon Bike said one of its subsidiaries has agreed to raise RMB810 million (US$123 million) from eight investors including a unit of Ant Financial. The proceeds will be used to finance its wholly-owned subsidiary Jiangsu Yonganxing Low Carbon Technology Co. to further expand in the GPS-powered station-less bike sharing operations, according to a security filing.
Fenfenzhong, a Beijing-based online procurement platform for restaurants, has raised RMB110 million (US$16.7 million) in a series A round from China’s National Small and Medium-size Enterprises Development Fund, a direct investment vehicle of the National SMEs Development Fund. THG Ventures, a venture capital arm of Tsinghua Holdings, also participated in the round, according to local media.
Chinese online micro-credit provider Qudian Inc. has filed a prospectus to raise up to US$750 million in an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, according to an SEC filing.
Two major Chinese Bitcoin exchanges Huobi.com and Okcoin.cn announced Friday night that they will cease trading by the end of September. The news comes after Internet finance regulators in Beijing ordered all cryptocurrency exchanges in that city to issue notices to cease trading, according to local media.
Chinese search engine Baidu Inc. has hired Herman Yu (pictured), former chief financial offer of Chinese social media company Weibo Corp., as its new CFO.