Saturday 18 November, 2017

Tencent buys 10 percent stake in Snap

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, file photo, a banner for Snap Inc. hangs from the front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

In this Thursday, March 2, 2017, file photo, a banner for Snap Inc. hangs from the front of the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

The Chinese internet company Tencent is buying a 10 percent stake in Snap, further expanding its ownership in large U.S. technology companies.

Tencent runs the WeChat messaging app, as well as online payment platforms and games. Earlier this year, it bought a 5 percent stake in Tesla Inc.

Snap Inc. is the parent company of Snapchat, a camera app that lets people send short videos and images. The company, based in Venice, California, said that Tencent bought 145.8 million shares of Class A, non-voting stock.

This week with President Donald Trump meeting in China with President Xi Jinping for the first time, U.S. and Chinese companies signed deals valued at around $9 billion.