China sets up $14.6 billion internet investment fund: Xinhua

Customers look at mobile handsets as an advertisement featuring a photo of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. founder Sam Walton hangs on a wall in a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owned and operated Sam's Club store during its opening day in Tianjin, China, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.
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Customers look at mobile handsets as an advertisement featuring a photo of Wal-Mart Stores Inc.. founder Sam Walton hangs on a wall in a Wal-Mart Stores Inc. owned and operated Sam's Club store during its opening day in Tianjin, China, on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016.

China has set up a 100 billion yuan ($14.55 billion) fund to support investment in the internet sector, said official news agency Xinhua on Sunday.

The fund, backed by China's cabinet, is designed to help turn China into a major player in internet technology, said the report.

An initial 30 billion yuan has already been raised from major banks and telecoms firms including ICBC, China Mobile and China Unicom. Up to 150 billion yuan in credit will be available to companies that have been invested by the fund, Xinhua said.

China said earlier this month it would invest 1.2 trillion yuan between 2016 and 2018 to develop information infrastructure.

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