mandag 13. september 2021

Alibaba slides on report China plans to break up payment app

Shares in Chinese technology giant Alibaba have fallen sharply after a report that its financial affiliate Ant Group is again under scrutiny. Regulators want to break up Alipay, which is China's biggest payments app with more than a billion users, according to the Financial Times. A separate platform for the app's profitable lending operation would be created under the plan. It would be the latest move by Beijing to tighten its grip on big businesses.

Ant could also be forced to hand over the user data that underpins its loans decisions to a new credit scoring firm, which would be partly state-owned, the report said. Alibaba shares were down by more than 5% in Hong Kong trade on Monday. Ant Group did not immediately respond to a request for information from the BBC. This would not be the first time that Ant Group has been targeted by the Chinese government.