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Alibaba Will Help Ease Inequality in China

E-commerce giant Alibaba announces that it will spend $15.5 billion to support Chinese President Xi Jinping’s campaign to spread prosperity in China, more evenly to include the poor.

The company said it would invest in 10 projects to create jobs, care for vulnerable groups and technology innovation. The 100 billion yuan ($15.5 billion) will include 20 billion yuan ($12.5 billion) that will be spent to ease inequality.

Alibaba and other Chinese tech giants announced plans to invest in social welfare, technology development, and other ruling party priorities, responding to pressures to align with Beijing’s political and economic plans.

The Chinese president’s “Common Prosperity” campaign calls for distributing the revenues of China’s economic growth on a larger scale and to narrow one of the world’s largest gaps.

Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s CEO, expressed in a statement his belief that if the society and economy are doing well, then the company will do well.