Tech Titans Wage War in China’s Next Internet Revolution


In recent years, tech titans Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. have competed across a range of mobile internet businesses. Now the duopoly that has defined China’s internet is going to war.

Industry watchers got a whiff of the brewing conflict earlier this month at the World Internet Conference, a major industry event backed by the Chinese government. Alibaba’s Jack Ma, the face of Chinese entrepreneurship, was conspicuously absent from two high-powered dinners attended by industry superstars.