"We had a great meeting, and a great, greatentrepreneur, one of the best in the world, and he loves this country, and he loves China,"Trump said. "Jack and I are going to do some great things."
The two met with reporters briefly after the meeting, and said they discussed plans to create 1million US jobs by allowing US small and medium-sized businesses to sell to China throughAlibaba's platforms.
"We're focused on small business," Ma told reporters. And he had complimentary words forTrump: "I think the president-elect is very smart, he's very open-minded to listen. I told himmy ideas about how to improve trade, especially to improve small business, cross-bordertrade."
"We also think that the China and USA relationship should be strengthened — should be morefriendly," Ma said. "The door is open for discussing the relationship and trade issues."
The meeting comes amid tensions between China and the incoming Trump administration.Trump has repeatedly criticized China for its economic policies and accused the country of"stealing jobs away" from the US.
Trump also has said he may raise tariffs on Chinese goods sold in the US.