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Opinion

Where exactly is Jack Ma?

That this question is trending online should be Xi Jinping's nightmare

| China
No entrepreneur posed a bigger threat to the state capitalism imperative more than Jack Ma.   © Sipa/AP

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Over the years, Jack Ma cited any number of inspirations for his meteoric rise: Masayoshi Son, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, martial arts novelist Jin Yong. Sadly, China's most celebrated tech innovator may now be drawing on the lessons of exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

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