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China tech giants elbow into fast-growing Tibet

Tencent and Alibaba set up shop 60 years on from revolt

A deliveryman for an Alibaba logistics unit checks the status of a parcel in Lhasa. The e-commerce giant has also established an investment unit in the city.   © Reuters

BEIJING -- Major Chinese tech players are advancing into the Tibet Autonomous Region, seizing on the chance to market their artificial intelligence and big-data capabilities as the government seeks to encourage growth and tighten its grip on the area.

The likes of state-backed chipmaker Tsinghua Unigroup, facial-recognition startup SenseTime and online mall operator Alibaba Group Holding are all building their presence in the southwestern Chinese zone with a history of resistance to Beijing.

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