Automated JD.com warehouse. Photo: JD.com
Google has agreed to invest $550 million into Chinese online retail giant JD.com as part of a strategic global partnership that will also include offering many of the latter's products via Google Shopping in certain regions.
Why it matters: For Google, teaming up with a major Chinese company can potentially help it enter the Chinese market someday, as well as give it a leg up in certain markets in Asia. For JD.com, the deal allows it to expand its business to regions where it may be less known and compete with Amazon.
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