China Dials Back Criticism of Alibaba on Counterfeit Goods

Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan. 23, 2015.

Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

China eased away from a confrontation with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., saying this week’s report criticizing the e-commerce company for failing to root out counterfeit goods didn’t have “judicial effect.”

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