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Alibaba founder talks about challenges of running 'economy,' finding successor

Jack Ma Yun (Photo by Tamako Sado)

HANGZHOU, China -- Alibaba Group Holding commands a vast share of China's rapidly expanding online retail market. The company presents a serious challenge to foreign companies trying to find a foothold in China's consumer market.

     The company remains something of a mystery. In an interview with The Nikkei, Jack Ma Yun, founder and chairman of the e-commerce leader, talked frankly about the company's relationship with the Chinese government and finding someone to succeed him. 

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