Date
13 November 2018
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma arrives at a forum of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Monday. Photo: Reuters
Alibaba chairman Jack Ma arrives at a forum of the first China International Import Expo in Shanghai on Monday. Photo: Reuters

US-China trade war ‘most stupid thing in this world’: Jack Ma

The trade war between the United States and China is the “most stupid thing in this world”, said Jack Ma, co-founder and chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Reuters reports.

The two countries have set tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each other’s goods and US President Donald Trump has threatened to slap tariffs on the remainder of China’s US$500 billion-plus exports to the US if the trade dispute cannot be resolved.

Ma made the comments at the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai on Monday.

The US trade deficit with China, which Trump has blamed for a variety of economic ills, has helped create jobs in the US and without it the country would have big problems, Ma added.

China’s shift to an import model is “going to be a huge pain for a lot of businesses, but it’s also going to make a good opportunity for a lot of consumers”, he said.

Ma also said the government should not worry about innovation, which it should back even if it threatened old, vested interests.

“My view is, ‘Don’t worry about technology’,” Ma added. “The people who worry about technology are first, older people, second, government and third, successful people; they hate it and worry about it.

“I never see young people worry about technology.”

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