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Amazon partnered with China propaganda arm to win Beijing's favor,...

por Willian Stead (2022-07-13)

According to a former Amazon executive involved in talks with China, the company secured some, but not all, of the government approvals it needed to sell Kindle devices and e-books.
That situation gave the government leverage over the retailer, the former executive said. "It was a wink and a nod." Amazon's public-policy team came up with the China Books project as a novel way "to get what we wanted on Kindle and other things," the person said.

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"We remain committed to our customers in China. As a global business, we periodically evaluate our offerings and make adjustments, wherever we operate," a spokesperson for Amazon said in an emailed statement.

Other Western internet companies, including Microsoft's LinkedIn, Yahoo and Airbnb Inc have cut services in or retreated completely from China in recent months, Classic Books amid government efforts to tighten control over online content and new laws targeting data sharing and customer privacy.

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The venture - which eventually offered more than 90,000 publications for sale - hasn't generated significant revenue. But the document shows that it was seen by Amazon as crucial to winning support in China as the company grew its Kindle electronic-book device, cloud-computing and e-commerce businesses. site, - a project that came to be known as China Books.

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SHANGHAI, June 2 (Reuters) - said it will stop supplying retailers in China with its Kindle e-readers from Thursday and will shut its Kindle e-bookstore there next year, in the latest pullback by a U.S.
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The report detailed how the Kindle business was one it had sought to expand in China, and cited an internal 2018 Amazon briefing document that said by the end of 2017, China had become Kindle's largest global market, "accounting for 40%+ of our world device sales volume".

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Amazon Books declined to make Carney available for an interview. According to the briefing document, the Cyberspace Administration of China, or CAC, asked Amazon in 2018 to take down a "link to China's new blockbuster film Amazing China because of especially harsh user reviews." The CAC is responsible for online security and content regulation.

Amazon, by contrast, has grown into a powerful economic force in China in recent years, providing lucrative export opportunities to thousands of Chinese businesses while growing its own industry-leading cloud-services unit.