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Alibaba battling Amazon, JD.com in Southeast Asia

For Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., everything seems to be clicking in China. The next step is translating that success to a host of new markets.

Executives at the e-commerce company spent some time on the company’s Friday conference call after earnings answering questions about Southeast Asia initiatives on both the retail and the cloud side. For now, the markets remain “early stage,” with competition from regional players and giants like Amazon.com Inc. AMZN, +0.56% but Alibaba sees big opportunities there long-term.

See also: Are we heading for an Amazon-Alibaba e-commerce showdown?

A key market is Indonesia, where Alibaba BABA, +3.53% is just getting started with its cloud business and continues to push its retail efforts, though the company admits the e-commerce market is currently only a tiny fraction of the size it is in China.

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