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Alibaba Group Holding found success with its Taobao e-commerce platform in China in large part because the company modelled its online shopping experience after offline wholesale markets. Now, it is trying to do the same for Alibaba.com, the platform that connects both suppliers and buyers in the business world, by digitising trade shows. Alibaba.com is
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THE Chinese dream of luxury brands is largely dependent upon the nation’s millennial and Generation-Z shoppers, whom global management consultants Bain & Company estimates would account for 46% of purchases in that market by 2025. But what if this promising outlook is partially fuelled by debt? A recent HSBC survey shows the debt-to-income ratio of
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TOKYO: A Japanese sushi entrepreneur paid a record US$3.1mil (RM12.78mil) for a giant tuna at Tokyo’s new fish market, which replaced the world-famous Tsukiji late last year, held its first pre-dawn New Year’s auction. Bidding stopped at a whopping 333.6mil yen (RM12.78mil) for the enormous 278kg fish – an endangered species – that was caught
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SINGAPORE (Straits Times/Asia News Network): A couple from Melbourne, Australia, found two needles in grapes they had bought from a supermarket on Tuesday. Skender Hasa and his partner, Shams Alsubaiy, were shocked by the find, reported 9 News Melbourne. Hasa had bought the bag of seedless grapes from an outlet of supermarket chain Woolsworths in
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MANILA: “Before and after” cosmetic surgery photos of Miss Universe 2018 second runner-up Sthefany Gutierrez from Venezuela have made its rounds on social media. The photos were uploaded on Instagram by Froilan Paez, a doctor who specializes in “aesthetic and functional nasal surgery” according to his Instagram page. He shared side-by-side photos of the Venezuelan
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Chinese regulators have approved a new batch of videogaming licences that end a months-long suspension on new games, but titles from China’s biggest gaming companies Tencent and NetEase failed to make the list. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) on Dec 29 published a list of 80 approved titles on
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China’s comprehensive e-commerce law, which was passed in August, took effect on Jan 1, bringing increased pressure on online retail companies to fight the sale of counterfeit and copycat merchandise on their platforms. It covers the requirement for registration and licensing of e-commerce operators, taxation, electronic payment and e-commerce dispute resolution, as well as the
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TOKYO (AFP): Nine people were hurt, one seriously, when a man deliberately ploughed his car into crowds celebrating New Year’s Eve along a famous Tokyo street, police and media said Tuesday (Jan 1). With an “intent to murder”, 21-year-old Kazuhiro Kusakabe drove a small vehicle into Takeshita Street in Tokyo’s fashion district of Harajuku at
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SINGAPORE (Bernama): Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (pic) said Monday (Dec 31) the republic will deal with all new and outstanding matters with Malaysia “calmly and constructively”. Lee said Singapore and Malaysia must manage specific problems, however difficult, while preserving the overall relationship. “The way to do so is through equality and mutual respect,
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BALI (The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network): Mount Agung in Karangasem regency, Bali, erupted again early on Sunday, the volcano’s observatory reported. An ash column that spewed from Mt. Agung’s crater during the eruption could not be monitored as thick fog shrouded the peak. The eruption caused ash to fall onto several areas around the mountain.
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HATYAI: Violence presumed to have been carried out by Muslim separatists has hit southern Thailand for the fourth day in a row, with three paramilitary soldiers wounded and a female civilian shot dead. The soldiers in Narathiwat province were hurt in an ambush of their pickup truck yesterday, while the woman was killed in Pattani
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One of China’s former top spy chiefs has been sentenced to life imprisonment for corruption after being found guilty of accepting 109 million yuan (US$15.8 million) in bribes, and crimes relating to insider trading and forced share transfers. Ma Jian, the former deputy head of China’s Ministry of State Security, was tried on Thursday at
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JAKARTA (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): Anak Krakatau has lost about two-thirds of its height and three-quarters of its mass since the Dec 22 eruption that spawned a deadly tsunami, leaving more than 400 people killed and thousands injured, Indonesia’s national geological agency told a media briefing on Saturday (Dec 29). The agency was able
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PETALING JAYA: Port Dickson MP and Prime Minister-in-waiting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has met with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and discussed cooperation between Malaysia and the Philippines. When a Twitter user pointed out that such talks should fall under the purview of Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and asked whether he was instructed to do so
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