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Alibaba Makes Investment in Wasu

Alibaba Group reached an agreement with Zhejiang-based Wasu Group to further tap into the cultural and new media sector,  according to a statement made by Alibaba on  Weibo.  The two companies will cooperate in the development of original content, online gaming and music, as well as the cloud computing sector, Alibaba said.

Wasu Media Holding Co, Wasu’s listed arm on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, announced late Tuesday that investment company Hangzhou Yunxi Investment Co has agreed to buy 20 percent stake in the company at the price of 6.5 billion yuan ($1.05 billion).

Yunxi Investment is controlled by Jack Ma Yun, chairman and founder of Alibaba, and Shi Yuzhu, founder of Giant Interactive Group Inc.  Alibaba stated:  “As a leader in cable television and new media in China, Wasu could help Alibaba to further expand its presence in the family Internet sector.”

The number of Wasu’s cable TV users has reached 20 million, which Alibaba claims makes it the “largest” cable TV network in China, with 15 million users in East China’s Zhejiang Province and 5 million in other provinces.

This is the second move by Alibaba recently to get into the cultural and media sector. Alibaba Investment, an investment arm of Alibaba Group, had agreed to buy a 60 percent stake of ChinaVision for around $800 million on March 11.

Source:  Global Times

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