The billionaire head of China’s biggest e-commerce retailer met with President-elect Donald Trump on Monday to promote his site by dangling the possibility of a million new U.S. jobs.
Jack Ma met Trump in New York, and the two talked U.S.-China trade and specifically small business. Ma promoted Alibaba as a platform through which U.S. small businesses could sell products to consumers in China and Southeast Asia.
By doing that, up to a million new jobs could be created at a million small businesses, Alibaba said. Alibaba didn’t commit to hiring new staff in the U.S. itself.
“We mainly talked about small business, and young people and selling American agricultural products to China,” said Ma.