“You may not agree with him,” said Ma, the executive chairman of the Chinese e-commerce behemoth. But he urged people to give Trump a chance. “You can never achieve something within one year.”
Throughout his presidential campaign, Trump railed that China was allegedly stealing U.S. jobs while promising to keep work in America. Candidate Trump had also vowed to call China a currency manipulator on his first day in office. But as president, Trump has been rather cozy with China, meeting President Xi Jinping in Beijing and in the U.S.
When asked whether the China is taking jobs, Ma said, “China is not stealing jobs; we are creating a lot of jobs.” Earlier this year, Ma met with then-President-elect Trump and promised to bring 1 million small U.S. businesses onto its platform.
“A lot of companies succeed in China. Starbucks did excellent in China,” said Ma, whose Alibaba created an augmented reality experience within the new Shanghai Reserve Roastery, which opened on Tuesday.
Alibaba's Jack Ma on Trump: Give the president a chance — 'at least he's trying'