Tech tycoon Jack Ma really hates the trade war between the United States and China.
“Trade war is the most stupid thing in this world,” Ma said Monday at a conference in Shanghai hosted by the Chinese government.
It’s the latest and perhaps bluntest barb about the trade conflict from the co-founder and executive chairman of Alibaba (BABA), China’s biggest internet company. In September, he blamed it for derailing his highly ambitious promise to create 1 million new US jobs.
The United States and China have slapped heavy new tariffs on huge swathes of each other’s exports this year. The US government accuses China of stealing American intellectual property and forcing US firms to handover valuable tech. But US President Donald Trump has also repeatedly complained about his country’s $375 billion deficit in the trade of goods with China.
Ma argued Monday that the purpose of trade should be to promote peace and communication rather than conflict, and that the rise of protectionism is misguided. Watch the Video