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Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma has stepped down as president of an important business group in his home province, as the Chinese billionaire continues to shun the limelight while spending time abroad.

Before running afoul of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s crackdown on tech companies, Ma often gave lively speeches at the annual year-end bash of the General Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs, which he helped found in 2015.

The association is China’s most prominent networking group for founders, helping Zhejiang’s legions of entrepreneurs connect with each other throughout the country and around the world. The eastern province is known as China’s hotbed of capitalism.

But on Wednesday the Zhejiang group said it had transitioned Ma to a new role as “adviser”, replacing him with Nan Cunhui, chair of Chint Group, an energy solutions provider.

Ma has recently been living in Tokyo as he rides out stricter Covid-19 control measures at home and Beijing’s tougher stance on tech groups. He did not attend the Zhejiang event this year, two people involved with the group said…

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