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Five things to watch for as Alibaba and Tencent reveal earnings

Two of Asia's biggest companies are employing similar strategies amid headwinds

The slowing Chinese economy poses a long-term threat to Tencent and Alibaba, especially as the U.S.-China trade conflict escalates.

HONG KONG -- Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding and social media group Tencent Holdings have begun to look very much alike. Both have expanded into new fields such as cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Both have set their sights outside China. And the two companies -- one listed in New York, the other in Hong Kong -- have even chosen the same day to report their earnings.

As Alibaba and Tencent unveil their financial results on Wednesday, here are five things analysts will be watching.

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