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Alibaba opens the door to US sellers on its oldest platform



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The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has opened its doors to US sellers on its oldest platform, Alibaba.com.

It now offers tools to allow US companies to sell on the business-to-business platform in the US and globally.

The move will allow Alibaba, traditionally China-focused, to compete with global e-commerce giants such as Amazon.

Alibaba.com says it has 1

0 million active business buyers in more than 190 countries and regions.

As part of the announcement on Tuesday, Alibaba.com said producing Robinson Fresh would join the platform on July 23.

It follows a "strategic collaboration" between Alibaba.com and US offices as the supplier firm Office Depot announced in March, it said.

Formerly, US companies bought mainly from Chinese sellers on the Alibaba.com platform, which is about to small and medium-sized businesses.

The new tools, which include an online payment system, will give US companies access to new customers in China and around the world.

Relationship between the United States and China

The move comes in a time of tense relationship between the United States and China, which has fought a trade war over the past year.

Two years ago, Alibaba founder Jack Ma met with US President Donald Trump and outlined a plan to increase the company's presence in America and strengthen relations between the two countries.

At that time, Alibaba said access to Chinese customers through its online marketplace would support US businesses and help create as many as a million new jobs.

But last September Ma rowed back on the plans and cited the ongoing commercial war between the US and China.

The tensions between the two countries have continued to plunge this year, but both sides recently agreed to hold a fresh round of trade talks.


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