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TikTok owner forms JV with state media in blockchain, AI

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ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, started a joint venture with a state-owned Chinese media group to develop business lines, including artificial intelligence and blockchain.

[HONG KONG] ByteDance, the owner of TikTok, started a joint venture with a state-owned Chinese media group to develop business lines, including artificial intelligence and blockchain.

A unit of ByteDance has 49 per cent of the new firm, which has registered capital of 10 million yuan (S$1.9 million); Shanghai Dongfang Newspaper owns the rest, according to a statement on the National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System, an official business registration website.

Shanghai Dongfang Newspaper is the operator of The Paper.cn, a popular digital news outlet.

The joint venture began on Dec 10 in Jinan city, the capital of eastern China's Shandong province, according to the statement.

Representatives of ByteDance and Shanghai Dongfang Newspaper didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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