Donald Trump and Alibaba founder to create ‘1 million’ U.S. jobs? Unlikely.
Alibaba CEO meets Trump and pledges U.S. job creation
Alibaba founder Jack Ma met with President-elect Donald Trump on Jan. 9, calling it a “very productive meeting” afterward. His company says it’s planning to create 1 million jobs in the United States. (Reuters)
By Emily Rauhala January 10, 2017. Washington Post
BEIJING — Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, strolled into Trump Tower on Monday to talk to Donald Trump about a plan to create 1 million U.S. jobs — at least that’s how they sold it.
Trump’s incoming press secretary said the tycoons would discuss “how Alibaba can create 1 million U.S. jobs by enabling 1 million U.S. small businesses to sell goods into the China and the Asian marketplace.” [Read more]
President-elect Donald Trump‘s meeting with Alibaba founder and executive chairman Jack Ma on Monday was brilliant — but not for the obvious reason of making him look good for being part of a conversation about creating 1 million jobs. What’s really smart about it is that puts China on its heels.
Trump and Beijing have been engaged in a back-and-forth rattling of sabers from the minute Trump won the election. Remember that Trump took a congratulatory call from Taiwan’s president and on the same day Trump met with Ma, a state-run Chinese tabloid warned that China would “take revenge” if Trump backed out of the one-China policy. [Read more]