Alibaba drives offline expansion with Bailian deal by Tom Marling in Financials / Deals 20 Feb 2017 Alibaba Group Holding, operator of the ecommerce platforms Taobao.com and Xianyu, announced a strategic partnership with Chinese retail giant Bailian Group. The deal does not include a financial invest in Bailian.This article is only available to AIM Group clients. Please subscribe now or log in to view. Share alibababailiantaobaoXianyu Tom Marling Tom is a PhD candidate in Chinese History at Hong Kong Baptist University, and former PR consultant in Mainland China. He joined the AIM Group in 2016 as a writer/analyst.