A runner carries an umbrella as she competes in a 5-kilometer (3.1 mile) road race while a Chinese traffic policeman and security guards stand watch in Beijing, Sunday, April 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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Taxi app Uber's office in the southern city of Guangzhou has been raided by authorities, a report said Friday, in an apparent crackdown on the Internet ride-sharing service.Officials from the public security, traffic, and industry and commerce authorities visited Uber's office Thursday night and seized numerous iPhones, the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily said.The newspaper said authorities carried out the raid on the basis of their oft-repeated statements that the use of private vehicles for ride-sharing businesses is illegal in China, even as the popularity of Uber and its competitors soars.Guangzhou authorities issued no public statements on the reported raid.The popularity of private-car booking enterprises such as Uber and China's dominant taxi-hailing apps Kuaidi Dache and Didi Dache has soared in China, where traditional taxis are criticised for poor service with rude drivers who routinely pass customers on the street.
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