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Clash of China tech titans


CHINESE tech titans are pouring more resources into South-east Asia, driven by both the push of global trade tensions and the pull of 655 million rapidly-digitalising consumers. While expansion and deal-making may slow as Covid-19 continues to roil markets, the race among the biggest players will become increasingly intense.

In Brunch this Saturday in the Business Times Weekend, we look at three sectors where the battle lines are being drawn - streaming, fintech and e-commerce - and size up how the new tech wars are set to play out.

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