By ZEN SOO
AP Technology Writer
SINGAPORE (AP) — Chinese e-commerce company JD.com says that its founder Richard Liu has left his position as CEO, the latest Chinese billionaire founder to step aside amid increased government scrutiny of the country’s technology industry. Liu will hand over the reins to JD.com’s president Xu Lei, according to a company statement on Thursday. Liu will remain as the chairman of the Board and continue to focus on JD.com’s “long-term strategies, mentoring younger management, and contributing to the revitalization of rural areas,” the statement said. Liu is the latest in a string of Chinese technology company founders who have stepped down from leadership positions in recent years.