The government of the Chinese tech hub of Hangzhou is assigning officials to 100 local companies including tech group Alibaba, in the latest example of a tightening of the ties between the state and private sector, said the Financial Times.
Companies including Alibaba already have communist cells embedded in their operations and top executives spend much of their time dealing with government officials on policy and other issues. Other big enterprises included in the initiative are automaker Geely and soft drinks group Wahaha.
The Hangzhou government said the “innovative” move was part of its “New Manufacturing Industry Plan.” Government representatives would service the important companies and help facilitate co-operation and communication with the government, state media Zhejiang Online reported.
Alibaba said move would function as “a bridge” between the government and private sector. “The government representative will function as a bridge to the private sector, and will not interfere with the company’s operations,” said a company spokesman.