Tampa Bay Times

China fines tech company $2.8B

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Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, was fined 18.3 billion yuan ($2.8 billion) by Chinese regulators on Saturday for anti-competitiv­e tactics, as the ruling Communist Party tightens control over fast-growing tech industries.

Party leaders worry about the dominance of China’s biggest internet companies, which are expanding into finance, health services and other sensitive areas.

Alibaba was fined for “abusing its dominant position” to limit competitio­n by retailers that use its platforms and hindering “free circulatio­n” of goods, the State Administra­tion for Market Regulation announced.

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