Wed, Sep 05, 2007 - Page 11 News List

Chinese partner of MSN, Shanghai Alliance, looking to get out of venture

AFP , SHANGHAI

The state-owned Chinese partner of MSN, Microsoft's online services group, wants to sell its holdings in the China-based joint venture, state press reported yesterday.

Shanghai Alliance Investment, which established the Shanghai MSN Network Communications joint venture with Microsoft in May 2005, is looking for buyers of its stake, the 21st Century Business Herald reported.

"Alliance Investment started to approach potential buyers last month," the report said, citing a source close to Alliance Investment.

Both parties hold 50 percent of the venture.

The source told the newspaper that Shanghai Alliance Investment, which is reportedly run by Jiang Mianheng (江綿恆), a son of former President Jiang Zemin (江澤民), wanted to end the partnership because the venture's business model has "always been unclear."

The venture provides Chinese-language online content, email and instant messaging services.

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