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The curious case of Alibaba: Chinese e-commerce giant dodges India ban despite data-security worries

Alibaba’s presence in the country is worrisome. As per news reports, intelligence officials have raised concerns that Alibaba’s servers in India had been allegedly sending user data to China. While the e-commerce giant’s Internet browser was banned in June, its retail e-commerce platform AliExpress continues to take orders and ship products from China.
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Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma speaks at the 2019 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship. Getty Images
Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma speaks at the 2019 Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship.
Even as India refuses to lower the guard amid border skirmishes with China and continues its clampdown on Chinese apps and investments, one company has managed to stay under the radar for some inexplicable reason. For e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, it’s been largely business as usual despite New Delhi’s stringent stance on Chinese companies and investments. The Hangzhou-based company’s
its growth prospects in European and North American markets. Data snooping by the Chinese government is likely to spook more customers across the globe, denting Alibaba’s growth further. Alibaba did not respond to ET Prime’s queries on the group’s India operations or its views on the government’s restrictions on Chinese firms. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)
Even as India refuses to lower the guard amid border skirmishes with China and continues its clampdown on Chinese apps and investments, one company has managed to stay under the radar for some inexplicable reason. For e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, it’s been largely business as usual despite New Delhi’s stringent stance on Chinese companies and investments. The Hangzhou-based company’s its growth prospects in European and North American markets. Data snooping by the Chinese government is likely to spook more customers across the globe, denting Alibaba’s growth further. Alibaba did not respond to ET Prime’s queries on the group’s India operations or its views on the government’s restrictions on Chinese firms. ( Graphic by Sadhana Saxena)

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