Philanthropy is shifting from a “nice to have” initiative to a “must have” commitment for Chinese tech giants.

Chinese internet firms ramped up their donations for the public good over the past few months, giving away billions of dollars to causes ranging from technology innovation to bridging income inequality. The move is widely viewed as an effort to placate a state that lately seems to be scrutinizing their every move.

Bottom line: Under intensifying regulatory pressure, Chinese tech companies are scrambling to show their willingness to operate and invest in compliance with the state’s broad goal of “common prosperity.” The change forced these tech titans, many already suffering selloff pressure due to tighter state reins, to seek a balance between shareholder interests and the higher operating costs due to huge donations.

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