Amazon will close its Amazon Appstore in China. The service will not be available after July 17.
The company does not mention the reason for this decision. Amazon has sent users messages warning them that the marketplace is about to close. At the same time, other e-commerce services from the giant will continue to operate in China, notably Amazon Web Services, Amazon Global Selling and Amazon Global Store.
The Chinese market for Internet services today exceeds 1 billion users, which attracts foreign companies. At the same time, Beijing is constantly strengthening its privacy and data protection policies.
Recently, Amazon has been systematically reducing its presence in the Chinese market. The company previously shut down the Kindle e-book service in the country.
The company has been operating in China since 2004. Amazon later acquired local retailer Joyo.com for $75 million. The company is now the 12th most popular e-commerce platform in China, according to TMO Group.
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