Under a virulent trend to politicize international sporting events, Western politicians have already started to exaggerate so-called “concerns” about Chinese sponsors for the Paris 2024 Olympics, even though the games are more than two years away.
Citing baseless clichés of “security concerns,” some French politicians are trying to prevent Chinese e-commerce platform Alibaba, one of the 13 global partners of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), from “hosting and accessing to sensitive data “during the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. Games, AFP reported.
“The personal and contact details of tens of thousands of people accredited for the Games will be hosted in Alibaba’s cloud,” the report said, citing anonymous sources.
Above all, Alibaba is one of the Olympic partners (TOP) of the IOC and the Paris Games in 2024. The sponsorship, in fact, does not depend on certain ill-intentioned French politicians and it would be impossible for the IOC to compromise . on such an obvious attempt to politicize sporting events.
The CIO and Alibaba Group entered into a long-term partnership in January 2017 until 2028. By joining the TOP Global Sponsorship Program, Alibaba has become the official partner of “cloud services” and “e-commerce platform services “, As well as a founding partner of the Olympic Channel, according to an IOC press release.
Obviously, Alibaba is well positioned to cooperate with the CIO in the digital age. In addition, Chinese companies have offered increasing contributions to international sporting events in recent years, and behind them is the growing strength of enterprises and the unmatched Chinese market which is of great importance for the sustainable development of sporting events.
In the meantime, while it is highly unlikely that Alibaba’s partnership with the CIO will be abandoned, it is true that such “concerns” about China-related companies or institutes are spilling over into more areas. wide, poisoning the environment for normal and mutually beneficial international trade. .
From economics to culture and sports, some Western politicians and media have tried to find a connection with China to unleash yet another anti-Chinese political coup in the spotlight.
Behind such moves there is simply no proof or reasonable logic and politicians in different countries only take the same side when interests are involved.
As for Alibaba Cloud, this is not the first time it has faced vicious attacks on the global stage. As a major player in the cloud services industry, the company will experience stronger headwinds in the future, especially as the industry is now increasingly dominated by Chinese industrial giants and Americans.
Alibaba, along with other Chinese tech companies, must strengthen their expansion strategies to face possible political challenges abroad. Taking cloud services as an example, Alibaba Cloud is expected to strengthen its localization efforts when setting up businesses in other countries or regions, integrating and facilitating the growth of local industries. Establishing a win-win cooperation is vital for long-term partnerships around the world and such malicious attacks launched by some anti-China politicians will not slow the growth of Chinese companies in the long term.
As for other countries and regions, letting the United States be the hegemony will not be in their essential interests, including France.
The article was compiled on the basis of an interview with Ma Jihua, a senior industry analyst. [email protected]