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Firms that feed customers’ information and behaviour into AI models should be transparent, while the public should understand the risks and think twice before clicking ‘agree’.

  • China’s exports via e-commerce are surging, boosted by apps like Shein and Temu
  • Newcomers are tapping China’s vast manufacturing capabilities and using their technology to connect producers directly with overseas consumers

TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, said in a statement that it will stop facilitating e-commerce transactions on TikTok Shop Indonesia on October 4 to comply with the country’s new rules about trade on social media.


Economic torpor has buyers passing by pricey international items on the shelves, substituting in more modestly priced domestic competitors. Could this phenomenon help China’s brands win global market share?


In Southeast Asia, the popularity of working as freelance drivers is creating a race to the bottom, amid poor terms and conditions, a saturated market and excessive platform fees.


The major sport event is seen as a golden opportunity for tech firms to lend support to a major state event and showcase their inventions to a wider audience.

The Chinese short video app has sent a team from Singapore to talk with Indonesian officials about the new law that has taken immediate effect, threatening TikTok’s business model.

Trudy Dai Shan no longer holds legal representative roles at several Alibaba subsidiaries indicating she will focus all her efforts on Taobao and Tmall Group.

About a decade after Alibaba founder Jack Ma pushed forward its creation, Cainiao has become one of the world’s top logistics services providers and a big opportunity for global investors when it lists in Hong Kong.

Consumers in the United Kingdom, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium and South Korea will now receive their parcels within five working days of placing an order on AliExpress, thanks to its joint initiative with Cainiao.

Users who click on some advertisements placed on Tencent’s WeChat Channels will be directly taken to Alibaba’s Taobao and Tmall, the companies say.

The effectiveness of’s 10 billion-yuan (US$1.37 billion) subsidy programme, which was aimed to fend off industry rivals, has been questioned by investors as margins shrink and revenue growth underperforms.

Why is it so hard for global lifestyle fashion brands or retailers to break into the Japanese consumer market? Industry insiders break it down, from partnerships and government regulations to local tastes.

The 10 Asian digital payment services now supported by Ant’s ‘Alipay+-in-China’ programme cover a total population of more than 175 million in Southeast and East Asia.

Alibaba’s additional investment in its Turkish platform comes after it made an operating profit in the country for the first time in the June quarter.

Top China beauty influencer Li Jiaqi dissed a livestream viewer for calling a product too expensive, then lost millions of Taobao and Weibo followers – so is his apology enough?

The Chinese version of TikTok is expanding to 24 new markets including Shenzhen and Tianjin to capture a larger slice of China’s lucrative food delivery pie.


The two major strategic areas Hangzhou-based tech giant will focus on are “user first” and “AI-driven”, new CEO Eddie Wu writes in a letter to staff.


Zhang’s exit comes the same day he was scheduled to hand over the company to chairman Joe Tsai and CEO Eddie Wu Yongming. Alibaba Group’s shares slipped 3 per cent in Hong Kong on the news.


The Chinese internet giant’s foundation artificial intelligence model provides a range of functions, including image creation, copywriting and text recognition, that can be applied in multiple industries.

The industry’s aggregate profits rose 29.1 per cent year on year to US$11 billion in the January-to-July period, led by the e-commerce and on-demand local services market segments.

The proposed ban on imports under US$100 in value won’t be easy to implement. But it may have more to do with next year’s elections than protecting small businesses.