Southeast Asia, home to over 600 million people going through an economic and technological transformation akin to the one that China went through a decade ago, is a natural target for China’s tech titans.
With the trade war raging on and the Chinese tech ecosystem reaching maturity, the journey to the west that every half-successful local CEO saw as a prerequisite for global success now feels redundant.
Smart cities and smart transportation are what Chinese tech giants have been obsessed with since AI, 5G and IoT turned from hackneyed buzzwords to everyday reality.
This year Aspara Conference was wildly informative and technically focused on AliCloud, the infrastructure and operating system that fuels the innovations in various industries.
The tech industry is used to clashes between corporate rivals. Major conflicts between corporate titans usually result in the emergence of a victorious monopoly like Google, or Facebook.