What Trump Talked About With China's 2nd-Richest Man

Trump and Jack Ma had a 'great meeting'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2017 4:32 PM CST
President-elect Donald Trump, accompanied by Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma, speaks with reporters after a meeting at Trump Tower in New York, Monday, Jan. 9, 2017.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – Donald Trump met with Jack Ma, currently China's second-richest man, Monday, calling it a "great" discussion. Ma's e-commerce company Alibaba "claims it can create 1 million US jobs by helping small businesses sell their products to China and Asian consumers," the AP reports. Ma told reporters the two discussed "supporting 1 million small businesses," which is slightly different than 1 million new US jobs, and CNBC notes that it's "unclear ... where those jobs would come from." Apparently the plan involves an expansion of Alibaba focusing on "small businesses on the platform selling products ... to China and Asia," per Ma; CNBC mentions clothing, wine, and fruits specifically. Trump and Ma also spoke about strengthening the US-China relationship. (Read more Donald Trump stories.)

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