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Jun 16, 2005 5:32 pm

eBay & China

Financial Times 6/16/06

EBay on Thursday laid out plans to become a conduit for Chinese exporters as it announced an alliance that could make it easier for Chinese goods to find their way on to the online auction site.

The internet company said it had formed an alliance with Global Sources, a Singapore-based business-to-business media company that helps Chinese and other Asian manufacturers reach potential customers around the world.

The arrangement will give eBay's "powersellers" its most active users access to Chinese-made goods so that they can buy products for resale on the online auction site.

EBay's move echoes attempts by other ecommerce companies to provide an easier way for smaller Chinese manufacturers to reach a global market, and for potential customers to find suppliers in the country.

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