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Amazon prepares to battle with Alibaba in Asia's cloud

Two giants rush to build data centers to cover China and Southeast Asia

Amazon Web Services recently launched in Hong Kong, challenging Alibaba Cloud's dominance in the region    © Reuters

PALO ALTO, U.S. -- Amazon is betting it can expand its cloud computing operations in China, despite announcing just last month that it will shutter its online retail operations there.

The U.S. company announced on April 25 that its cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services, had entered its eighth Asia-Pacific market with the opening of a cluster of data centers in Hong Kong.

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