18 saves · From 2017 · China’s state-led Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) set out to extend the nation’s global influence by building more overseas business ties and cultivating political links. This state policy has a particular symbiosis with one particular Chinese e-commerce platform, AliExpress. This brief but thought-provoking article by Wang Yuanyuan in Oriental Outlook Weekly may be a bit promotional about AliExpress, but it capably explains how the platform is both a key pillar within the initiative’s structure – and its direct beneficiary. With BRI, AliExpress can act as a market disruptor, growing significantly while knowingly and intelligently enabling small and midsized enterprises (SMEs) to develop beyond China’s borders. getAbstract recommends this perceptive look at the symbiotic relationship between the company and China’s Belt and Road policy.