They might dominate online shopping in the US and Europe, but Amazon has struggled to compete in China and there have been numerous reports the past two days that they will be closing their China-based marketplace. China-based customers will still be able to buy products from overseas on Amazon via the ecommerce giant’s other sites, but as China’s own etail behemoths increasingly focus attention on imported goods, they may well face difficulties in this space too.
As for their domestic business, Amazon just hasn’t been able to compete with JD.com and Alibaba’s retail arms. Ker Zheng, marketing specialist at Shenzhen-based e-commerce consultancy Azoya, told Reuters, “there’s no reason for a consumer to pick Amazon because they’re not going to be able to ship things as fast as Tmall or JD” — blunt but entirely accurate.
The fall-out from the viral 996 GitHub protest is still being felt, with the story having sparked widespread discussion in China on overtime, productivity and workers’ rights. Unsurprisingly, two of China’s best-known tech leaders have faced questions over the practice of making workers clock in from 9am-9pm 6 days a week.
JD.com’s Richard Liu — who has also been in the headlines this week due to rape allegations being made against him as part of a lawsuit in the US — kicked up consternation online via a WeChat post in which he stated, “that people who “laze away” their days are not his brothers he can fight alongside with”, according to Caixin.
Alibaba’s Jack Ma also weighed in with his thoughts on the matter, suggesting that “996 is a blessing”. Ma reportedly told employees, “Many companies and people don’t even have a chance to 996. If you can’t 996 when you’re young, when can you 996? If you haven’t done 996 in your life, should you feel proud? If you don’t wish to expend extra effort, how can you achieve the success you want?”
You might’ve heard of Huawei. The Chinese tech company has been the subject of all sorts of scary-sounding headlines and stories of late — with varied amounts of justification. Some Republican lawmakers in the US, not a group known for rushing to quick judgment or making outlandish statements on issues of course, labelled Huawei a “snake” last month.
The panic has spread, and now a host of governments around the world have voiced concern over Huawei’s presence in their countries as the company looks to roll out its 5G infrastructure.
In Poland, government officials told Reuters in January,
“that the government was prepared to exclude China’s Huawei from 5G networks in the wake of the arrest of a Chinese Huawei employee and a former Polish security official on spying allegations.”
“Poland is unlikely to exclude all Huawei equipment from its next generation mobile networks, a government minister told Reuters, in part to avoid increased costs for mobile operators.”
Meanwhile in Thailand, similar deal, according to NPR:
“The Chinese company Huawei is now building and testing Thailand’s first 5G network. Thai authorities say they could not say no to Huawei’s bargain prices, despite pressure from the U.S.”
But we know what you’re thinking: what does MIA think about 5G? Welp…
Actually you don't own that. If you are American or European , nano particles will own you as soon as the 5G is up and running. It builds in the nerve systems so as for the mind that can be adjusted also. https://t.co/N83RSFBeVb
— M.I.A (@MIAuniverse) April 18, 2019
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