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Amazon plots quantum leap as Alibaba makes strides in cloud

'China is where we mostly see them,' AWS chief says

Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy sees Alibaba's growing presence in the cloud computing sector in China, but notes that the company does not have much of a presence in the U.S. or Europe now. (Photo by Kazuyuki Okudaira)

LAS VEGAS -- Top cloud computing provider Amazon Web Services sees Alibaba Group Holding catching up in the sector, but largely limited to China, CEO Andy Jassy told Nikkei, with the unit aiming to widen the gap with the competition by strengthening efforts in such areas as artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

AWS was launched in 2006. Now its annual sales are estimated at about $36 billion, based on Amazon's latest earnings results, and its year-on-year growth continues in the range of 30% to 39%.

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