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The Chinese and Indian businesses taking on the world

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Across the world, Chinese and Indian businesses – many of them from the technology sector – are beginning to flex their muscles, becoming increasingly influential and disruptive.

Here, Pop Up Start Up profiles a few that are already making waves, both at home and abroad.


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Co-founded by Robin Li in 2000, Baidu has gone on to become known as China's Google, with "tens of billions" of queries entered into its search platform daily, according to the company's website.

The company says its name's literal meaning is "hundreds of times" and represents what they describe as a "persistent search for the ideal."


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ICT solutions business Huawei was founded in Shenzhen in 1987. Today, it is a global organization.

It employs over 170,000 people and says that its products, ICT solutions and services are used in more than "170 countries and regions, serving over one-third of the world's population."

The company says that in 2015 its revenue hit 395 billion yuan which, based on the year-end exchange rate, equates to $60.8 billion.


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Lenovo traces its roots to 1984, when Legend Holdings was set up using $25,000 in a guard house in China.

In 1988 the company became incorporated in Hong Kong, going on to become a major player in Chinese PC manufactutre.

The company changed its name to Lenovo in 2004, and is now a $47 billion business. Including joint ventures, Lenovo employs over 57,000 people and has customers in more than 160 countries.


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Internet giant Tencent was founded in 1998. Today, its internet platforms – including messenger service WeChat – are used by people around the world.

R&D is especially important to the business, and it has said that over 50 percent of its employees work in this sector.


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Founded in 2010 by entrepreneur Lei Jun, Xiaomi specialises in software, internet services and hardware.

In 2014, the company sold over 61 million handsets.


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Started by just two people and launched in 2007, Flipkart has gone on to become a leader in India's e-commerce sector, offering consumers more than 80 million products.

According to the company's website, it has more than 100 million registered users and sees 10 million daily page visits.


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Founded in 2008 by Deepinder Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah, Zomato has become the go-to website for millions of diners across 23 countries, from Canada to India and Brazil to New Zealand.

The business says it has collated information for more than one million restaurants – including reviews, menus, average costs and opening hours – and says it is making dining "smoother and more enjoyable."


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Founded by Ritesh Agarwal, Oyo describes itself as being India's biggest "branded network of hotels."

The business opened its first site in 2013, and today boasts more than 6,500 hotels across 165 cities.

Oyo recently moved into the Malaysian market, and harbours the goal of becoming "the world's largest branded network of hotels."

Big Basket

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Big Basket describes itself as India's "largest online food and grocery store" and offers customers more than 18,000 products for delivery.

The company offers its service in more than 20 cities nationwide.