Indian billionaire Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group and China’s Dalian Wanda Group Co. Ltd on Thursday announced a tie-up to develop real estate and movie theatre projects, the latest partnership between Ambani and China.

The groups, which did not give any financial details, said they will first look to build integrated township projects in India involving a combined area of about 20 million square feet across two projects.

Ambani’s Reliance MediaWorks Ltd will also explore possible co-operation with Wanda Group in the multiplex business in India and the United States, the companies said in a statement.

The ambitious Wanda Group became the world’s biggest movie theatre owner this year with the $2.6 billion acquisition of US multiplex operator AMC Entertainment Inc, and plans to spend $10 billion in North America over a decade.

Earlier this year, Ambani’s heavily-indebted Reliance Communications Ltd repaid holders of foreign bonds by raising a loan of $1.2 billion from a clutch of Chinese state banks.

Also this year, his Reliance Power Ltd secured $1.1 billion in financing from Chinese banks for a power project in central India.

Ambani said in a statement that his group has become the “single largest trading partner between India and China." REUTERS

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