Alibaba Boss Jack Ma Meets Donald Trump over US Jobs
They also discussed the China-US relationship, which should be "strengthened" and "more friendly", according to Jack Ma.
Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, arrives at Trump Tower for meetings with President-elect Donald Trump on January 9, 2017 in New York. (Timothy A. Clary | AFP | Getty Images)
Jack Ma, founder and chairman of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba met with US President-elect Donald Trump and discussed plans to help US small businesses sell products to China through the company's platform.
"I think the president-elect is very smart, he is very open-minded to listen. I told him my ideas about how to improve trade, especially to improve small business, cross border trade," Xinhua quoted Ma as saying at Trump tower in New York after meeting with Trump.
"We specifically talked about ... supporting 1 million small businesses, especially in the Midwest of America. Small businesses on the platform selling products -- agriculture products and America services -- to China and Asia," he said.
They also discussed the China-US relationship, which should be "strengthened" and "more friendly", according to Ma.
"(Trump) has concerns, and he has solutions, that he wants to discuss with China and us," he said.
"We had a great meeting, and a great, great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world. Jack and I are going to do some great things," Trump told reporters after the meeting.
Alibaba group said on Monday via its official twitter that the company works with US companies and farmers to sell to over 450 million Chinese consumers on its platform, and it has set a goal of helping one million US small businesses export to China.
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