China launches probe into Alibaba for suspected monopolistic behavior


China has launched an antitrust investigation into Alibaba Group and will summon the tech giant's Ant Group affiliate to meet in coming days, regulators said on Thursday, in the latest blow for Jack Ma's e-commerce and fintech empire.


The probe is part of an accelerating crackdown on monopolistic behavior in China's booming internet space, and the latest setback for Ma, the 56-year-old former school teacher who founded Alibaba and became China's most famous entrepreneur.


It follows China's dramatic suspension last month of Ant's planned $37 Bn initial public offering, which had been on track to be the world's largest, just two days before shares were due to begin trading in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

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