Alibaba Group chairman Jack Ma has canceled a scheduled appearance at an annual conference of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) this week.
The move comes after Alibaba’s membership of the anti-counterfeiting group was suspended amid allegations that the Chinese firm wasn’t doing enough to combat the sale of fake goods on its e-commerce platforms.
In a statement posted online Tuesday, Alibaba said that Michael Evans, Alibaba’s president, will address the IACC in Orlando, Florida, on May 19 instead of Ma, the Wall Street Journal reported.
IACC had admitted Alibaba as a member in April, but said last week that it was suspending the newly category under which Alibaba was admitted “in consideration of some of the concerns” raised by group members.
“Given the IACC’s desire for additional time to reflect upon the viability of its general membership category, Alibaba feels it best that Jack Ma postpone his appearance,” Alibaba said.
On Tuesday, Ma visited the White House and met with US President Barack Obama in an unpublicized meeting.
The US government has vowed to make intellectual property protection in China a key priority, and ramped up the pressure this year on platforms to fight fakes.
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