By Xinhua writer Zhang Zhongkai
HANGZHOU， Feb. 25 (Xinhua) - French digital marketing professional Chloe
Goncalves never expected that her work in China would make her an online
Her post on LinkedIn half a year ago announcing her trip to China to work for
Alibaba received over 31，000 likes， 2，900 comments and found her 1，600 new
followers worldwide， inspiring her to blog monthly on her adventures.
In the past four months， she has been to Alibaba's annual cloud computing
conference， joined in the Nov.11 Global Shopping Festival， visited Taobao
villages， talked with Jack Ma， taken Tai-chi classes and been busy trying to
"Things in China are changing so fast and the market and people seem ready to
adopt new technology much faster than back home，" she said.
Goncalves is one of 32 associates from 14 countries chosen by the Alibaba
Global Leadership Academy (AGLA) for one year of training before becoming the
company's global ambassadors.
Many Chinese firms are expanding overseas and Alibaba hopes that half of its
revenue will come from international business soon.
"A big challenge for expansion is lack of understanding between China and
other countries，" said Brian Wong， vice president of the Alibaba Group in charge
of global initiatives.
Many foreigners still regard China as an exporter of cheap products， even
though the country has a thriving domestic consumer market where international
products are in high demand.
"As an ecosystem which enables cross border trade， we want to share this
story of new China and the new economy， which is more about the rising middle
class， millennials， innovation and globalization，" he said.
Consumption and services will dominate China's economic landscape by 2030，
with the private consumer market reaching 9.6 trillion U.S. dollars and
accounting for 47 percent of GDP. The future Chinese consumer will be richer，
older and online， according to a report by Morgan Stanley.
Wong pointed out that foreign staff with expertise will not only help
identify and navigate new markets， but more importantly， "help bridge China and
international markets and enable local companies big and small to use internet
technology to trade globally."
China is a significant opportunity for the rest of the world， not a threat，
because it offers such a large market for their products and services， he said.
Some of China's established practices can be applied overseas to share then
benefits of economic growth across all sections of the society， according to
Alibaba's Ant Financial invested in India's largest payment platform Paytm in
2015 and helped it grow from 20 million users to 120 million in just one year，
helping India link those under-served， particularly the unbanked population， and
provide them access to more financial services.
More Chinese firms are recruiting international employees. Global talent with
wide connections and strong cross-cultural skills will translate into core
competitiveness during globalization， according to David Yu， vice president of
LinkedIn China， which helped find about half of the 6，000-plus AGLA applicants.
Talent and innovation are crucial for economic globalization and China should
look for talented people not only among its own 1.3 billion people， but in the
global pool of 7 billion， said Wang Huiyao， head of the Center for China and
Globalization， a think tank.
A new round of recruitment for AGLA is underway and Alibaba expects to train
about 100 ambassadors annually for the next ten years.
Besides introducing foreign personnel， Alibaba plans to send local employees
for over a year abroad.
"For a Chinese company， these are uncharted waters， but nevertheless， a very
meaningful goal to ensure that we can bring the vision for inclusive trade and
economic growth to the world，" said Brian Wong.
Agholor Hoodie , May 24 (Xinhua) -- China's top female player Peng Shuai
has became one of the biggest casualties of the French Open tennis tournament's
opening day as the 24th seed managed just 33 minutes of play at Roland Garros on
"Here's the end of my competitive action of the season," said Peng.
The semifinalist of last year's U.S. Open was forced to retire with a back
injury when trailing 6-0, 2-0 to Polona Hercog in the women's singles first
round Sidney Jones
Hoodie , granting the Slovenian a swift passage into the last 64.
"It's the same injury that has hunted me down since last year's Fed Cup,"
Peng told a post-match press conference.
Having failed to hold on any of her own serves, the 29-year-old even found it
difficult to pull down a single point in most of her games against
Hercog Derek Barnett
Hoodie , who had lost four matches in a row before coming to Roland
Peng asked for medical aid during the inter-set break and struggled for two
more games in the second set before calling it off with tears in eyes.
The back injury had costed her a series of competitions since her
fourth-round exit in January's Australian Open.
"I've consulted with some experts and learnt that my situation was much
severe than we expected," said Peng. "It's bad in Melbourne and worse in Dubai.
But by the end of the Dubai event, I could not feel my left leg."
"Doctor suggested me to operate on
it Jay Ajayi Hoodie ,
but that means I'd have to be sidelined for a couple of months, sitting off the
remaining season away from the court.
"Actually, I'm quite thankful for being pushed so hard today. It helped me
make up my mind Fletcher
Cox Hoodie ," she said. "I need to get undergo surgery on my ailing back,
I think, before it's too late."
Earlier this month Zach
Ertz Hoodie , Peng made a return in Madrid but suffered a first-round
"Of course I'm scared, but it's better to go surgery and rest and rehabit,
rather than suffering so much pain while risking my
chance Nick Foles
Hoodie ," added the Hunan native.
Peng, a doubles specialist who owns 17 WTA doubles
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