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China’s Venture Capital Boom Shows Signs of Turning Into a Bust

  • Value of venture deals in the country plummets 77% in quarter
  • Deals had surged to almost the same level as the U.S. in 2018
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China's Venture Capital Boom Is Over

China went through a five-year surge in venture capital investment that fostered a new generation of startups from ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing to TikTok-parent Bytedance Ltd. Now the boom may be over.

Venture deals in China plummeted in the second quarter as investors pulled back amid unpredictable trade talks and growing concerns about startup valuations. The value of investments in the country tumbled 77% to $9.4 billion in the second quarter from a year earlier, while the number of deals roughly halved to 692, according to the market research firm Preqin.