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Alibaba Halts New Investments in Indian Companies Amid Rising International Tensions

By Ding Yi / Aug 27, 2020 05:55 PM / World

Paytm is one of the Indian unicorns Alibaba has invested in. Photo: IC

Paytm is one of the Indian unicorns Alibaba has invested in. Photo: IC

E-commerce giant Alibaba has put the brakes on new investments in India, as New Delhi tightens scrutiny on investments from bordering countries including China, Reuters reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Alibaba will stop putting in fresh funds to expand its investments in Indian companies for at least six months, the sources told Reuters. The Chinese conglomerate is a key financial backer for some Indian unicorns like payment platform Paytm and food delivery service Zomato.

However, Alibaba has no plan to reduce its stakes in the existing portfolio firms or exit the investments, the report said.

In April, Indian’s trade ministry toughened its foreign direct investment rules with greater scrutiny on investments from countries sharing a land border in a bid to prevent “opportunistic takeovers and acquisitions” especially during the coronavirus outbreak, a move wildly seen aimed at Chinese companies.

Contact reporter Ding Yi (dingyi@caixin.com)

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