In a conversation with reporters, Jack Ma, the CEO of China's Alibaba (the same people who now runs Yahoo China) has, "vowed to defeat US giant Google" in the war for Chinese searchers.
"For the search engine, I think Google is very powerful. But it is not that powerful in China now," said Ma, who founded Alibaba.com in 1999 with 2,000 dollars of capital borrowed from relatives.
Asked to spell out Alibaba.com's strategy, Ma said: "We win e-Bay, buy Yahoo and stop Google. That is for fun. Competition is for fun."
He accepted that Google and Yahoo were the dominant Internet powers in Europe and the United States, but he said neither was that strong in Asia.
"I call them sharks in the ocean. We are crocodiles in the Yangtze River. If we fight in the Yangtze River, we have more chances than they have."
More comments from Mr. Ma in the AFP article: Chinese Internet star Alibaba.com vows to beat Google