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China brings investment, and confusion, to US startup scene

Investors see the Silicon Valley-China relationship, while full of opportunity, as rife with cultural misunderstandings

At the heart of the bitter, under-the-radar dispute between Alibaba and Quixey is a culture clash - one that is emblematic of both the promises and perils involved in Silicon Valley's relationship with China.

San Francisco

MOUNTAIN View, California, start-up Quixey was the envy of many in Silicon Valley when the company announced a multi-million-dollar investment from one of China's largest and most powerful technology companies, Alibaba.

The US$110 million deal - parcelled out over two