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Chinese Tech Companies Are Coming for America’s Influencers

  • Tencent will host event in California aimed at YouTube stars
  • YouTube is inaccessible in China, limiting video site’s reach
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Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China’s largest technology companies are gunning for YouTube’s biggest stars.

The Qingteng Club, a group affiliated with social media and gaming giant Tencent Holdings Ltd., will host executives and celebrities from the Chinese and U.S. online video industries at a private event in California this week, according to attendees. The event, dubbed the East-West Forum, will take place at an Anaheim hotel down the street from VidCon, a convention for fans of online influencers.