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Apple Inc had China front and center at the San Francisco launch of its smart Apple Watch, trumpeting a new store in Hangzhou city and demo-ing hit Chinese messaging app WeChat.Also, the new Apple Watch will go on sale in China on April 24, the same day as the United States – unlike the iPhone 6, which hit Chinese stores almost a month after the U.S.Beyond the is-it-fashion-or-is-it-gadget argument, the Apple Watch carries a hefty price tag in China.Apple laid the groundwork in China prior to launching its watch, turning to social messaging and entertainment giant Tencent Holdings Ltd and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, the world's largest e-commerce company.While Tencent's WeChat messaging service, ubiquitous in China, featured at the San Francisco launch, Alibaba has developed an app for its online marketplace Taobao, and its online payment arm has customized its Alipay Wallet app for the Watch – which will be sold online by both Alibaba's Tmall.com and rival JD.com Inc.
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