Technology helping China win friends and influence people

When fresh graduate Utari Octavianty decided to start an e-commerce business with her college friends in 2015, her business goals were decidedly modest.

By matching fishermen with buyers and cutting out the middleman, Ms Utari hoped to boost the meagre takings of those like her uncle in their kampung in Balikpapan on the east coast of Borneo in Indonesia.

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