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China’s top economic official met with dozens of industry leaders and experts on Tuesday, pledging to “support” tech companies amid a deepening economic crisis.

Liu He, vice premier and closest economic adviser to President Xi Jinping, said China “must support the platform economy and support the healthy development of the private economy.”

He added that China should better “balance the relationship between the government and the market and help digital companies get listed on domestic and foreign stock exchanges”, according to state media.

Video footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed Baidu founder Robin Li and Qihoo 360 founder Zhou Hongyi at the meeting.

Markets were watching closely for news of the meeting hosted by China’s top political advisory body in hopes it could signal an end to Beijing’s regulatory crackdown on internet companies.

“It is not correct to say that the repression will ‘end’, how can it end?” said an investment manager at a leading Chinese technology company, adding that Liu’s remarks had only served to stabilize market expectations.

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3. Biden visits Buffalo after racially charged shooting US President Joe Biden has denounced white supremacy as a “poison” running through US politics after he blamed a “hateful and evil ideology” for the fatal racially motivated mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

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4. Powell says the Fed will continue to tighten Chairman Jay Powell has said the Federal Reserve will continue to tighten monetary policy until it sees ‘clear and convincing’ evidence that inflation is moving back towards the central bank’s long-standing 2% target. .

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