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Global Executives Add Mojo to China Internet Event

By Yang Ge
Prominent technology leaders from home and abroad were in attendance at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma (pictured). An analyst said the overseas executives are drawn to the conference as it's
Prominent technology leaders from home and abroad were in attendance at the World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, including Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. founder Jack Ma (pictured). An analyst said the overseas executives are drawn to the conference as it's "very important for senior leaders, especially with big global branding, that their executives are here to meet up with local business.” Photo: IC

The CEOs of Apple, Google and Cisco were among a cadre of global high-tech executives attending China’s premier internet event this week, reflecting the country’s status as the world’s largest online market despite its strong state oversight of the medium.

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and Google CEO Sundar Pichai led the list of high-tech dignitaries at the World Internet Conference’s fourth staging in the scenic town of Wuzhen near Shanghai. Their presence comes as Apple counts China as one of its top global markets, making up nearly a fifth of its sales, while Google reportedly wants to launch a mainland Chinese version of its Google Play app store.

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