Uber China “illegal” say authorities

Anthony Caruana
5 May, 2015
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Chinese authorities in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou have raided Uber’s office according to a number of Chinese media outlets.

The night-time raid by police officers and officials from Guangzhou’s public security bureau, the Administration for Industry and Commerce, and the municipal traffic commission resulted in the confiscation of phones and other equipment.

Guangzhou Daily, a local paper, obtained photos of the Uber raid.

Uber stands accused of running an “illegal” transport service, according to the Guangzhou Daily. Uber first expanded to China in August 2013 and is suspected of not having the appropriate qualifications to run a private car business in the city. Uber offers UberBlack, UberX, and UberXL in Guangzhou.

Uber is valued at US$40 billion after its most recent funding. China’s top search engine, Baidu, invested in Uber in December.

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