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Industry in focus

Food delivery drivers dance with death for Alibaba and Tencent

Workers pay price as Chinese giants' affiliates clash in $71bn market

COCO LIU and CK TAN, Nikkei staff writers | China

HONG KONG/SHANGHAI -- Lu Zhiyin hops on his electric scooter, bracing for the battle ahead.

The deliveryman for Chinese food takeout service Ele.me races against the clock every day, speeding side by side with cars and dodging obstacles. He has a mobile map to guide him but rarely stops to study it.

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