From the New York Times:
All of that changed over the past few years as Beijing went after some of the country’s biggest tech companies and its highest-profile tech entrepreneurs. The aim was to ensure no institution or individual could wield influence on the Chinese society comparable to the Communist Party. The government took minority stakes and board seats in some of those companies, giving it effective control.
This doesn’t make any sense to me since you need the majority of shares in order to control a company. Of course, the Chinese government could interfere at will, but having a minority stake doesn’t really change anything about that. (The same could be said about the U.S. government, except the U.S. government is less likely to go against the private sector.)
Can someone explain the above?