Alibaba’s oldest website is Alibaba.com, a business-to-business platform that connects Chinese suppliers with clients outside China. Now, the Chinese ecommerce giant is making Alibaba.com available to U.S. suppliers who want to sell their products to customers in China and around the world, the company said.
The move comes as Alibaba, whose stock is listed in New York, is carefully navigating the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China. As political tensions have grown between the two nations, Alibaba founder Jack Ma and other executives have argued that the Chinese company is helping American businesses expand by connecting them with customers in China. In a statement, the Chinese company described its decision to open up Alibaba.com to U.S. sellers as part of its effort to support American businesses.
Alibaba.com is a smaller business for Alibaba compared to the company’s gigantic Chinese shopping sites for consumers such as Taobao and Tmall.