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Alibaba a game changer for Southeast Asian development

Internet giant eclipses Japan's role in cross-border trade

Alibaba Executive Jack Ma announces a series of investments in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor on April 19. The company's mission, he declared, is to "help the young people, small business, farmers and women." (Takaki Kashiwabara)    © Takaki Kashiwabara

TOKYO -- A range of projects launched by Alibaba Group Holding in partnership with the Thai government marks a watershed in the way foreign investment promotes growth in the country and region as a whole.

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