This month Amazon announced an unceremonious retreat from the Chinese market. In 2009, Amazon made up a respectable 15% of the Chinese e-commerce market. Yet the latest market reports put Amazon only at 0.6%. So what led Amazon, which has had considerable success in other overseas markets, to fail in China?

In a longform analysis published recently in Southern Weekend, Zhang Yue interviews a number of current and former Amazon China employees for an inside take on its failure. 

One employee, a seven-year Amazon veteran who requested anonymity, described the early days:

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Jordan Schneider

Jordan Schneider is a freelancer based in Beijing and the host of the ChinaEconTalk podcast.