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Apr 24, 2015
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China’s cyber crackdown: A guide for the perplexed

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China is cracking down on cyber security. Demanding new banking regulations and draft counter-terrorism legislation could make it harder for foreign companies to compete in the People’s Republic. But even though domestic players should benefit, they are far from happy. Breakingviews attempts to crack the code.

Apr 24, 2015
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China’s cyber crackdown: A guide for the perplexed

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

China is cracking down on cyber security. Demanding new banking regulations and draft counter-terrorism legislation could make it harder for foreign companies to compete in the People’s Republic. But even though domestic players should benefit, they are far from happy. Breakingviews attempts to crack the code.

Apr 13, 2015
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China’s answer to Uber may be worth more than Uber

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The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Could China’s home-grown answer to Uber be worth as much as the original? Twin taxi-hailing apps, Didi Dache and Kuadi Dache, could already be worth almost $14 billion – twice their reported value when they merged in February. They could even close in on the $40 billion valuation of the U.S. app that started the whole craze. All depends on how much passengers are willing to pay for something they now get free.

Mar 26, 2015
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ZTE’s turnaround not as impressive up close

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ZTE smartphones Grand Memo Lite (L) and Grand S are displayed during a news conference in Taipei October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mar 26, 2015
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ZTE’s turnaround not as impressive up close

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ZTE smartphones Grand Memo Lite (L) and Grand S are displayed during a news conference in Taipei October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mar 24, 2015
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Alibaba deal spree strains its financial strength

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Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in Taipei March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mar 24, 2015
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Alibaba deal spree strains its financial strength

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Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma reacts while giving a speech at National Taiwan University in Taipei March 3, 2015. REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Mar 4, 2015
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JD.com tries Alibaba’s route to e-commerce profit

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By Robyn Mak

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

JD.com is following Alibaba’s route to e-commerce profit. Transactions on the group’s marketplace, which matches buyers to retailers, more than trebled in the fourth quarter, far outstripping growth in the group’s direct sales business. Acting as a middleman, like the larger Alibaba, may offer better margins. Though earnings are still absent, they are starting to look less elusive.

Mar 3, 2015
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Alibaba’s split nationalities invite trouble

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By Robyn Mak

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

Alibaba’s multiple nationalities are an invitation to trouble. Taiwan has challenged the e-commerce group’s status as a non-Chinese company. The regulators could be forgiven for being confused. Chinese tax authorities regard Alibaba as a company with its main base in Hong Kong, licensing bodies see China, while investors see the Cayman Islands. The ambiguity may not always be beneficial.