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International relations

Battle for data rages between China and US

Both sides are seeking more control over today's hottest resource

SHANGHAI/WASHINGTON -- In the future there will be no concept of "made in China" or "made in America," because everything will be "made on the internet," according to Jack Ma Yun. The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holding seemed irritated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January, as he made the case against restricting trade.

"Every young person, every small business will be able to buy globally, sell globally, deliver globally, pay globally and travel globally," he said. "When you sanction the other country, you are sanctioning those small business, young people," he said. "Just like you're bombing somewhere."

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