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Round-Up: China ‘asks Alibaba to divest media assets’, Tokyo torch relay to start without fans, and more

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 10: IOC President Thomas Bach and Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma tour the Alibaba Showcase at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 10, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

The Chinese government has asked internet giant Alibaba to divest its assets in the media sector due to concern about the company's public influence. Newspaper reports mentioned Hong Kong-based newspaper the South China Morning Post as Alibaba's most prominent media asset, alongside stakes in social media platforms Weibo and Bilibili. Alibaba also owns video streaming platform Youku, which has a sports streaming arm, Youku Sports - RTHK

The Tokyo Olympics torch relay will start without spectators in attendance on March 25, at the J-Village training centre in Fukushima, Japan - Reuters

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