Beijing/Taipei — China’s largest initial public offering (IPO) since 2015 has got the attention of the nation’s top internet companies. Affiliates of Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent, known collectively as BAT, are becoming strategic investors in Foxconn Industrial Internet (FII). The companies are buying 21.8-million shares each in FII’s listing at 13.77 yuan apiece, the firm said in a statement to the Shanghai stock exchange on Sunday. China’s largest tech corporations join a plethora of major names that are buying into the smart factory unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, Apple’s most important assembler. FII plans to raise 27.1-billion yuan ($4.3bn) in a Shanghai listing to bankroll projects in areas from smart manufacturing to fifth-generation wireless technologies. Hon Hai’s shares rose as much as 2.5% in early trading in Taipei. Other strategic investors named in the FII statement were Central Huijin Investment’s asset management unit, which agreed to buy 58.1-million shares. A ...

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