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Indonesia’s Antitrust Agency Says Shopee Arm Admits Breaches

The Indonesian arm of e-commerce firm Shopee has admitted violating anti-monopoly rules and agreed to change some of its operations, Indonesia's antitrust agency, or KPPU, said on Wednesday. The KPPU said in May it was monitoring the Indonesian units of e-commerce ...

Indonesia Probes Shopee and Lazada for Suspected Anti-Competition Breaches

Indonesia's antitrust agency said Monday it was probing local units of e-commerce giants Shopee and Lazada for potential breaches of anti-competition rules. The agency said it was closely watching PT Shopee Internasional Indonesia and PT Ecart Webportal Indonesia, the domestic units ...

TikTok Finds Its Way Back Into Indonesia’s Booming E-Commerce Market

Chinese-owned TikTok announced on Monday that it is taking over 75% stake in Tokopedia, the Indonesian e-commerce unit of GoTo’s super-app ecosystem. The company said that it will spend a total of $1.5 billion and that the transaction will be completed by the first quarter of ...

Southeast Asia is Testing TikTok’s Limits

ByteDance’s TikTok is learning some very valuable lessons from the past few weeks: overconfidence is bad, and a new level of creativity might be in order if it wants to keep up with Southeast Asia’s policy quirks. Charm alone is not enough in this part of the ...

Tiktok Moves into E-Commerce, Music Streaming Across the Global South

Bytedance, the parent company of the Chinese social media giant TikTok, is racing to expand its business into e-commerce and other fields, in a bid to mimic the success of other Chinese e-commerce giants like Shein. The platform’s TikTok Shop, which allows ...

Analysis from Cobus van Staden

Philippine President Ramps Up Rhetoric as Local Attitudes Harden

The President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr., told soldiers to be ready for any conflict amid a potential overlap of his country’s tensions with China in the South China Sea and growing tensions between China and Taiwan.
Speaking to troops at a base in the northern Isabela province on Monday, Marcos said: “The external threat now has become more pronounced, has become more worrisome, and that is why we have to ...

Tens of Thousands Cue for a Kilometer to Get Into Chinese Fast Fashion Pop-up Store in Brazil

Tens of thousands of Brazilians waited in line for hours last week for their chance to get into a pop-up store in São Paulo that was open for just five days by Chinese fast fashion giant Shein. On the last day, the line was more than a ...

Star Power Boosts Rwandan Coffee in Online Sales Session

The famous Chinese actress Liu Tao recently hosted a live sale of Rwandan coffee on Alibaba’s e-commerce website Taobao. She sold 500kg of coffee beans in 5 minutes. It usually takes two to three months to sell that much on e-commerce sites. These ...

Kilimall: The African Start-Up with Chinese Characteristics

Named after Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, Kilimall was the first Chinese e-commerce company to enter Africa, selling products that span various categories including electronics, clothing, home appliances, fashion bags, make-up, and more. Since its founding in 2014, it has grown ...