SHANGHAI — The rivalry is so notorious it’s been called the “great cat-and-dog war.” On one side towers Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., China’s e-commerce market leader, embodied by the black cat mascot of its Tmall platform. On the other is JD.com Inc., a fast-growing upstart represented by its white dog logo.
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By Erika Kinetz The Associated Press
WENZHOU, China — The email seemed unremarkable: a routine request by Mattel Inc.’s chief executive for a new vendor payment to China.