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China's e-commerce kings and Alibaba rebound from pandemic

Sales surge at home and abroad as wary shoppers avoid brick-and-mortar retail

China's e-commerce market bounced back in the second quarter after the coronavirus disrupted operations earlier in the year.   © AFP/Jiji

HONG KONG -- Zhang Zhaohui used to grab breakfast from a street vendor on her way to work everyday. Now she orders it from across the country, via China's second-biggest e-commerce platform.

" is an ideal place to buy buns," the 32-year-old Beijing resident said. Her favorite -- steamed buns with chestnut filling -- are made by a restaurant some 1,200 miles from the Chinese capital and can be delivered to her doorstep the next day.

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