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Where Chinese businesses were once derided as copycat innovators, the leading digital players have now developed into world-class trendsetters at the intersection of eCommerce, mobile and social technologies. In addition to the large cap firms like Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (BAT), PwC’s analysis shows that Venture Capital (VC) investment value in China-based internet businesses was worth USD20 billion in 2015, exceeding that of the United States (USD16 billion) for the very first time.
China's internet players will increasingly become more established on the global landscape through:
Most multi-nationals (MNCs) now recognise the need to adopt an “in China for China” strategy. However, with China as a leading digital innovator, we are seeing the emergence of a “China for the World” strategy. Here we see MNCs ideate, test and scale leading edge digital solutions within China that can then be exported to other international markets.
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China’s internet players are shifting the centre of gravity in the global digital economy and forcing multinationals to rethink fundamental assumptions about the sources of innovation-led growth
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