As China’s digital economy matures, the country’s tech firms increasingly look overseas for growth opportunities. In few places are the stakes higher than in Southeast Asia and India. In Southeast Asia, the internet economy is predicted to expand nearly fourfold by 2025, while India recently reached 500 million internet users, and is expected to have over 800 million by 2022.

However, while opportunities are abundant, competition is fierce. After evolving in the Chinese market, these firms must now do battle with both local upstarts and Silicon Valley titans in unfamiliar territory.

So how are Chinese firms competing in the digital economy’s most sought-after developing markets? What lessons are they learning in these wildly diverse regions, and what are the paths to follow?

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