Alibaba CEO Jack Ma is confident that US President-elect Donald Trump will not neglect the relationship between China and America. In an interview with CNN, Jack Ma said that if China and America do not work with each other, it would be a disaster. “I don’t fear (Trump’s presidency). I think a healthy and positive China-US relationship is so critical, especially in this century. Number 1 and Number 2 economies in the world, if they are working together, they can solve a lot of problems – poverty, disease, environment. But if they don’t work with each other, it is going to be disaster,” Jack Ma said.
Jack Ma, who hasn’t met Trump yet, is looking forward to do so. “I will be happy to discuss job creation, more business, entrepreneurship, trade between America and the world, trade between China and America, I would love to discuss all this. I think nobody can neglect business, trade, jobs, small businesses, entrepreneurs in the 21st century,” Jack Ma said. Asked about what he would he advise Trump administration to do, he said, “They should focus on trade, improved globalisation and improve the relationship and understanding between China and America. We are in the 21st century. Working together will improve globalisation, working together to improve trade, will help create more jobs.”
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On his campaign trail, Donald Trump had hit out at China several times, accusing the latter of manipulating its currency and stealing jobs. Trump had also warned that he would impose huge tariffs on Chinese goods going to the US. So, is Jack Ma worried about all these things? “It’s a worry, but not that much. Now he (Trump) is the President. It’s all about the burden now. Before I became the Alibaba CEO, I could say anything. But when I became the CEO of Alibaba, I know life is not easy. The world is not as simple. Donald Trump has become the President of America, and he is a smart person, he will adjust. He should never and would never neglect the relationship between China and America,” he said.