After gaining attention for raising an RMB 250 million Series C from “large public traded companies and government agencies,” Chinese netizens have discovered that “100% China developed” Redcore (红芯) browser actually borrows extensively from Google’s open-source Chromium project.

Update: The company behind the browser has apologized for “some degree of exaggeration” in their claims.

The browser targets enterprise clients and, according to release on Redcore’s official WeChat account, the company has formed partnerships with quite a few big names. Its clients include state agencies such as the State Council of China and National Bureau of Statistics as well as large Chinese corporates like automobile company BYD and oil and gas company PetroChina. Chengxing capital (晨兴资本), Fortune Capital (达晨创投), and IDG Capital invested in Redcore in the series C funding.

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Jiefei Liu

Jiefei Liu is a Beijing based tech reporter. She focuses on the union of tech and content creation and loves agriculture. You can write to her at Jiefei@technode.com