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Tencent pays US$1.78b for 5% stake in Tesla

Tesla gets a deep-pocketed ally as it prepares to launch its mass-market Model 3

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A Tesla Model X electric SUV charging in Washington, DC. Analysts say Tencent could help Tesla sell - or even build - cars in China.

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CHINA's Tencent Holdings Ltd has bought a 5 per cent stake in US electric car maker Tesla Inc for US$1.78 billion, the latest investment by a Chinese Internet company in the potentially lucrative market for self-driving vehicles and related services.

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