As Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba prepares to go public, several international banks are striving to curry favor with the company in order to be part of the IPO. In a new capital-raising deal for Alibaba, Citigroup (NYSE:C) may have earned some good standing with the company by contributing to its goal of raising $8 billion from a group of banks. Could this loan lead to a great new relationship for Citigroup and China?

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