Microsoft’s Skype announced that its China business would be ran by Guangming Fangzheng, a joint venture established by state-owned online news service and electronics and software provider Founder (via Sina Tech).  Skype for China has ended partnership with Tom Online.

As foreign companies are not allowed to operate such an Internet service  in China, as reported, Microsoft still needs a third party to run Skype.

Guangming Fangzheng’s business focus is mobile media. Chen Jiandong, vice president of, said they’d use the brand of Skype to promote its online media business and will launch localized products.

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Tracey Xiang is Beijing, China-based tech writer. Reach her at

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