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China Daily | Updated:2017-01-11 07:22Jack Ma (right) met with US president-elect Donald Trump (left) on Jan 9, 2017. [Photo / Agencies]Many businesspeople outside the United States have been worried about the potential havoc the incoming administration in the United States may cause to global trade and the possibility of souring relations with the worlds second-largest economy, given some of the comments made by Donald Trump and his team members during and after his presidential election campaign.
Trumps meeting with Jack Ma, leader of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, on Monday may help to reassure them that his administration will not shut the door on the US market and is willing to work with businesspeople around the world.The two men had a “great meeting”, according to Trump, and Ma promised he will use his hugely successful multi-portal e-commerce platform, the largest in China and one of the largest in the world, to create jobs in the US by helping small and medium-sized businesses and farmers sell their products and services in China and Asia.
It is obvious that, for companies in the US as well as elsewhere, the largest group of new middle-class consumers will be in Asia. Therefore, cutting business ties with China, let alone an all-round trade war, will also hurt the US own interests and Trumps plan to create 25 million new jobs.
From the Trump-Ma meeting, and the president-elects previous meetings with some other business leaders, it seems that he is willing to adopt a less belligerent and more flexible approach than some of his remarks might suggest, and “everything is negotiable” so long as there is a benefit to the US.
Now, at least in part, on the business-to-business level, he seems to be willing to allow more businesses, both US and foreign, to join his economic program.
As his meeting with Ma shows that should not be difficult.
Chinese businesspeople understand, as shown by Ma, that contrary to the allegations made by the heirs of the zero-sum mindset of the Cold War warriors, businesses can only prosper by adopting a quid pro quo approach of “I make money, you make money”.
Nor should people rigidly interpret jobs to mean full-time corporate jobs, as have some who ridiculed the Trump-Ma meeting. To help the US small businesses and farmers sell their diverse products to the huge Asian market is a way to help its overall economy and, in due course, to help it create and sustain jobs. This should really be self-evident.Related StoriesAlibaba appeal: Global leaders make time for Jack MaDonald Trump meets with Alibabas Jack MaJack Ma Foundations rural teacher awards held in SanyaRural teachers awarded by Jack Ma FoundationCartoonsGun controlAttack on ObamacareNo gaming after midnightTrump and ObamaElectronic gameNew Secretary General of the United NationsMost Viewed in 24 HoursFroum trendsIs China a global innovation powerhouse?Should college education be more career-oriented?ColumnistsWill foreign coaches, players help improve Chinese soccer?China can learn from Japan how to fight pollutionForumFeatured ContributorsChina’s inevitable role in pushing the frontier of innovationProposed law to restore an ancient Chinese virtueChina Daily Bureau ChiefsChongqing and Chengdu City Cluster on faster trackXi-Ma meeting brings historic opportunitiesStar BloggersThe native English speaker phenomenon in ChinaA reflection: My life in 2016BACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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