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Shopee is now Vietnam's most-visited e-commerce site, followed by Mobile World, Tiki and Alibaba's Lazada. (Source photos by Kentaro Iwamoto, Reuters and courtesy of Tiki) 
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Alibaba and Shopee clash in Vietnam as ASEAN e-commerce war rages

COVID triggers tie-ups and investment as region's tech battleground shifts

LIEN HOANG and KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writers | Vietnam

HO CHI MINH CITY/SINGAPORE -- For Nguyen Ngoc, a merchant in Ho Chi Minh City selling blouses and wallets, a typical way to reach online customers is through Facebook. But these customers often ask to switch to online marketplace Shopee for payment.

Ngoc understands why: Shopee is known for free deliveries.

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