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Tencent Takes on Staff-less Retail as Competition with Alibaba Hots up

Penny Lau

Competition to lead in 'new retail' in China threatens to shape the shopping experience of the future.


For Innovation to Succeed in Asia, Confucianism Must Die

Xiaochen Su

Confucianism and its rigid adherence to age and experience as the determinant of power is the major impediment to innovation taking holding in Asia.


China's E-Commerce Platforms Wage War

Zhang Hefei

Online shopping sites are scrambling to turn the heads of pickier consumers in search of high-end commodities.


China’s Future is Definitely Cashless

Chen Ronggang

Accessible, intuitive mobile platforms have made China an unlikely frontrunner in the race toward becoming a cash-free society.


Why I Quit Alibaba’s Big Push Toward Countryside Commerce

Yu Xueyi

Rural Taobao bills itself as good for business, but actually couldn’t care less about helping farmers make money.


Chasing Unicorns in Taiwan

Edward White

One of the world’s top tech investors has two pieces of advice for Taiwanese startups: chase global consumer markets and work as hard as Kobe Bryant.

Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma attends the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France

Alibaba Acquires Hong Kong Mainstream Media

Zou Chi

Lin Li-he, deputy chief editor of South China Morning Post, who was forced to resign for criticizing the Chinese government, says in an interview with AFP that Jack Ma's Alibaba Group and the leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) have a close relationship. It is hard to imagine that Ma will tolerate any criticism toward the CCP or the Chinese political system.

Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Ma gestures while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in Taipei

Alibaba Launches US$ 307 Million Fund for Taiwan Start-ups

Zou Chi

Alibaba executive vice chairman Joseph Tsai points out, executive chairman Jack Ma found out from talking to Taiwanese entrepreneurs that the common concern is a lack of young successors. In order to help young people build start-ups, Alibaba will give out NT$10 billion (approximately US$ 307 million) of venture funds.

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