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China Celebrates African Business Competition Launched by a Man and His Former Company Who Shall Not Be Named

Chen Xiaodong is China's ambassador to South Africa.

Up until a few years ago, the annual African Business Heroes (ABH) competition was a huge deal, generating massive online excitement. Today, well, not so much.

In fact, it’s hard to tell that the ABH contest that’s underway again is even the same competition that it was back when celebrity Chinese CEO Jack Ma first launched the program in 2017. Since then, Ma has been sidelined by both the Chinese government/Communist Party and was edged out of Alibaba.

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