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Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Chinese ride-hail company Didi filed for an initial public offering on Thursday.

Why it matters: Didi is not only known as the Uber of China, but actually beat Uber in the country and bought out its business there.

  • Uber currently has a 12.8% stake in Didi, making it the company's second-largest outside shareholder.
  • Other major backers include SoftBank (21.5%) and Tencent (6.8%).

Financials: Didi reports a $1.7 billion loss on $21.6 billion in revenue for 2020, and most recently was valued by venture capitalists at $62 billion. It is certain to seek a much higher price in its IPO.

  • Around 1.6% of the company's revenue comes from international operations, as Didi has expanded to countries like Russia and South Africa.
  • The company plans to list on either the New York Stock Exchange or Nasdaq under ticker symbol "DIDI." Lead bankers are Goldman Sachs (Asia), Morgan Stanley and J.P. Morgan.
  • The filing does not disclose how much money Didi plans to raise via the IPO, instead just listing a "$100 million" placeholder.

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With the Chinese government accelerating moves against its own tech industry, China is — for now — prioritizing Communist Party control of the domestic economy over aggressive international competition.

Why it matters: China and the U.S. are both playing a long game, with tech as the playing field, companies as the pieces and domination of the global economy as the stakes.

Trump voices support for Saturday's pro-Capitol riots rally

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Former President Trump on Thursday expressed solidarity with people facing prosecution in connection to the Capitol insurrection.

Why it matters: The statement was issued ahead of Saturday's rally to protest the treatment of Capitol rioters. Over 600 known federal defendants face charges related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Clinton-linked lawyer indicted in investigation of FBI's Russia probe

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A grand jury has returned an indictment against Michael Sussmann, a lawyer whose firm represented the 2016 Clinton campaign, for lying to the FBI about not representing "any client" when he presented them with allegations about a secret Trump Organization back-channel to a Russian bank.

Why it matters: It's the second criminal charge stemming from special counsel John Durham's review of possible misconduct by the intelligence community and prosecutors who investigated the 2016 Trump campaign's ties to Russia.