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Amazon to sell China cloud unit for $300m

Chinese regulators are tightening rules on foreign data and cloud services.

Chinese regulators are tightening rules on foreign data and cloud services.'s Chinese partner, Beijing Sinnet Technology, said it would purchase Amazon's Chinese Web services business for up to two billion yuan ($301 million), ending the US firm's cloud computing business in the country.

Sinnet, which began operating the Amazon services in August 2016, said in a filing late on Monday that the pending purchase would help the unit "comply with local laws and regulations and further improve service quality and security".

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Tuesday morning.

Chinese regulators are tightening rules on foreign data and cloud services, including new surveillance measures and increased scrutiny of cross-border data transfers.

In August, Sinnet told customers it would begin shutting down VPNs and other services on its networks that allow users to circumvent China's Great Firewall, citing direct instructions from the government.

The changes are linked to new national cyber laws that came into effect in 2017, which make network providers liable for content deemed dangerous or offensive to "socialist values".

In 2013, Amazon's Web services business signed agreements with provincial governments in China, and previously worked with some of China's largest tech firms, including Xiaomi, Qihoo 360 Technology and Kingsoft.

Cloud services have become a crowded and competitive field in China in recent years, with Alibaba Group's cloud unit opening over a dozen overseas data centres since 2016.

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