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Jack Ma’s Million-Job Pledge to Trump Looks 'Extravagant'

By April Ma
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma (center) meets with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in New York City on Monday. Photo: Visual China
Alibaba Chairman Jack Ma (center) meets with U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in New York City on Monday. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — Alibaba founder Jack Ma’s meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump was mostly for show, and Ma’s pledge to create 1 million jobs by promoting U.S. companies in his online malls looks exaggerated, experts said.

At the same time, they said Ma’s Monday audience with Trump in New York City could help Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. gain a better footing for cross-border e-commerce, although it was unclear if Alibaba’s reputation among U.S. brands might improve for fighting piracy in its online marketplaces.

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