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- An Egyptian dancer performs

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CAIRO, June 14, 2016 (Xinhua) -- An Egyptian dancer performs the Tanoura, an Egyptian version of Sufi Dance, at a night show during the holy fasting month of Ramadan, at Al Ghouri Palace in Cairo, Egypt, June 13, 2016. (XinhuaMeng Tao)


Ford Motor Co is expected to sign a deal with Alibaba Group Holding Ltd which may allow the US automaker to test selling cars to consumers in China through Alibaba’s online retail arm Tmall Men's Nike Air Force One Deconstruct Premium Black Sale , as well as via a new “auto vending machine” store concept, according to a Ford source familiar with the matter.


Representatives of Ford and Alibaba, including Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr and Ford CEO Jim Hackett, are expected to be in Hangzhou today to sign a letter of intent that outlines the scope of the new partnership.


According to the source Men's Nike Air Force One Deconstruct Premium Grey Sale , who did not want to be named because he is not authorized to speak with reporters, the deal is intended to position the Dearborn, Michigan, automaker for an emerging Chinese marketplace where more cars could be sold online.


The partnership would be part of Ford’s effort to overhaul its China strategy to revive the growth momentum it has lost in recent months.


Alibaba spokeswoman Crystal Liu declined to comment.


The source said the proposal could mean that cars purchased online are delivered to buyers by franchised Ford retail stores and would be maintained and repaired by them.


But Ford could also use Tmall’s new retail concept called the “Automotive Vending Machine Nike Special Field Air Force 1 Black High Boots Sale ,” a multi-story parking garage that partly resembles a giant vending machine to sell directly to consumers, the source said. Those cars could come directly from Ford or from its dealers but the details are still to be worked out, the source added.


According to Alibaba, consumers can use their phones to browse through the cars garaged in the store and choose to either immediately buy one or test drive it. The vehicle would be delivered to them on the ground floor.


The model allows shoppers with good credit to purchase their new ride with a 10 percent down payment and then make monthly payments for the car purchase through Alibaba’s affiliate Alipay Nike Special Field Air Force 1 White High Boots Sale , according to Alibaba.


Ford believes dealers would likely agree to this direct retailing model because they still get to service cars sold through Tmall, the Ford source said.


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“When online sales and direct sales volume was small that’s one thing. But if this format gained steam, it would definitely impact dealers,” said Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based consultancy Automotive Foresight. “Retail innovation is great Men's Nike Air Force One High Premium Black Sale , but it is by its nature disruptive and can’t keep everybody happy.”


The danger is that the dealers lose out not only on a lot of car sales but also the potentially lucrative auto financing aspect of their traditional business.


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The source said Ford is “behind in using big data” to monitor sales trends and effectively market its cars and the move to online sales as well as the access to Tmall’s massive database of information on consumers would help it to catch up.


Online auto sales volumes are currently limited in China because car buyers want to be able to see, touch and drive cars before buying them, said Zhang. The ability to test drive a car ordered online could change that.


Ford’s China sales have been sluggish in recent months in part because it has failed to catch on to rapidly changing trends in the marketplace, including the rise of entry-level cars popular in smaller cities Nike Air Force One Mid 07 Black Sale , where demand is booming.


Ford’s sales in the first 10 months of this year were 938,570, a decline of 5 percent from the same period in 2016, against a 2.2 percent gain to 3.13 million for hometown rival General Motors.


(Agencies)


MINSK Nike Air Force One Mid 07 White Sale , April 13 (Xinhua) -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko on Thursday said that Belarus has all possibilities to increase food supplies to China's Hunan province, local media reported.


During the meeting with China's Communist Party Secretary of Hunan Province Du Jiahao in Minsk Lukashenko said Belarus is interested increasing food supplies to Hunan Province and first of all dairy products.


The president added Belarus is also interested in the successful implementation of the earlier-signed contacts and in particular those with China's Zoomlion. He reminded a Belarusian-Chinese company was registered in the Mogilev free economic zone in February 2017 to produce construction and utilities special-purpose vehicles.


Lukashenko also said Belarus and Hunan Province need to develop closer ties in the fields of culture and education.


For his part, Du Jiahao said the cooperation between Belarus and Hunan Province should be an example of cooperation for other Chinese regions.


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Registration of candidates for Iran's 12th presidential race begins


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Thomas Jefferson's 274th birthday marked in U.S.


Aerial view of Medog highway in SW China's Tibet


Stewardesses for high-speed train take part in training program in Harbin


Scenery of Hani terraced fields in SW China's Yunnan


Aerial view of farmland scenery in SW China's Yunnan


BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Following are news items about China to be covered or pursued by Xinhua on Wednesday:


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