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China welcomes Walmart’s e-commerce purchase

The Ministry of Commerce (MOC) has welcomed Walmart’s purchase of, a move that means the world’s largest retailer is the first company to wholly own a Chinese e-commerce platform.

Walmart has been buying stakes in, a smaller version of Alibaba, since 2011. The company announced on 23 July that it had acquired full ownership after China lifted a cap on the number of shares that foreign firms are allowed to hold in Chinese e-commerce platforms in March.

MOC spokesperson Shen Danyang said on Tuesday that the ministry expects Walmart’s investment to not only improve the services of Yhd but to be a boon to China’s retail sector.

(Source: Shanghai Daily)