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Alibaba and the rural capitalists -- a modern Chinese fable

JIEYANG, China -- The village of Junpu was, until very recently, on a slow track to certain demise.

Junpu, a village in southern China, has been re-energized by e-commerce. Photo by Kathleen E. McLaughlin

     Anyone young and able-bodied would try and get a job in the massive sprawl of shoe and apparel factories elsewhere in Guangdong Province. Junpu, originally a farming village, turned to food processing in modern times, but business had gone to large factories elsewhere. Only retirees and young children remained as the village faced being eaten up by the neighboring Jieyang municipality.

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