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  • E-commerce booms in rural China
  • E-commerce booms in rural China
    Samuel Vigier (2011) ©

E-commerce booms in rural China

Chinese villages are being transformed by e-commerce, with traditional industries like pig farming being overtaken by new manufacturing opportunities fuelled by online shopping. E-commerce companies like Alibaba and JD.com are competing for the lion’s share of this expanding sector.



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