Guest post: ofo – Alibaba’s baby or pawn?

A staff member from the bike-sharing company Ofo gathers its shared bikes for use during the evening rush hour, in Beijing, China April 12, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Lee/File Photo

No matter where you are in the world, you are probably using Chinese-made goods; even if you are not aware of it. The latest big export is probably cluttering up the sidewalks in your part of the world too. These shiny, yellow bicycles (often missing a saddle, or with some other defect to make it unusable) will catch your attention every time you pass by.

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