China Strategic expands with 30pc stake in

Diversified China Strategic Holdings is to acquire a 30 per cent stake in United States-based e-commerce solutions provider start-up, in its first foray into the business-to-business Internet market.

China Strategic chairman Oei Hung Leong is also to buy 10 per cent of

The total acquisition cost of US$4 million for the 40 per cent stake values at $10 million. This compares with its valuation of $2 million two weeks earlier, based on the $400,000 acquisition cost for a 20 per cent stake by locally-based mobile-phone distributor Fortune

Mr Oei, who is to become's chairman, said the investment would not be used as a speculative vehicle for short-term profits, and China Strategic intended to hold it as a long-term investment.

'This is not shares speculation,' he said, adding the close to 200 former state-owned factories in which China Strategic had acquired control, could make use of's e-commerce solutions to expand sales channels.

He denied rumours China Strategic's subsidiary China Online had disposed of its 200 million Pacific Century CyberWorks shares.

He said such a disposal was not possible, as China Strategic's agreement to sell a 32.8 per cent China Online stake to China Sci-Tech Holdings had not been completed. aims to provide Web-site design and customer support services to small and medium-sized US importers.