Beijing taking aim at China's Big Tech

Recent criticisms of Tencent and Ant Financial, among others, hint at growing tensions between Chinese political power and the commanding heights of Chinese technology.
<i>Beijing bizarrely criticised Tencent and its leading mobile game King of Glory last month.</i>
<i>Beijing bizarrely criticised Tencent and its leading mobile game King of Glory last month.</i>

When it comes to China it often pays to listen out for changes in the political mood music and right now, as the ruling party gets ready for its five-yearly national congress this autumn, there are subtle hints that something new is in the air criticism of China's private technology companies.

Although Communist China never fully embraced political glasnost, the country has undoubtedly been open for business for several decades and seen private enterprise flourish as a result, lifting hundreds of millions of Chinese out of poverty. 

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