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Trade war is like treating flu with chemotherapies: Alibaba’s Jack Ma

Beijing, April 10: It’s normal for the world’s two biggest economies to have problems with trade, but tackling them with a trade war is just like treating a flu with chemotherapies, Jack Ma, Founder and Chairman of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, said on Monday.
“You are not solving the problem of the cold, you are destroying the whole body, the whole system,” Ma made the comment while attending a dinner with Intertiol Monetary Fund Maging Director Christine Lagarde during the Boao Forum for Asia annual conference, which runs from April 8 to 11.
Ma said that trade is about mutual respect and that nobody can stop globalisation, reports Xinhua.
“Trade is about rules and negotiations. If trade stops, war starts,” he said.
Speaking of the US-Chi trade deficit, Ma dismissed the issue as a problem, citing economic growth and a low jobless rate in the US as well as huge profit made by US firms in the bilateral trade.
“Today as a businessman, I don’t feel that trade deficit is a problem,” he said. For her part, Lagarde also warned of the risk of temptation for inward policies, protectionism and closing off to the outside world.
She suggested reducing trade barriers in the service industry where there is “a big, big upside” in promoting openness.
The executive also cautioned challenges to the global economy, including corporate debt and demographic change, saying that “the sun is shining, but we have to look at the cloud arising.”
Globalisation has not been inclusive enough in the past decades, but there are ways to fix it, Ma noted.
He said the world is facing a lot of challenges from poverty, environment and technology, noting that innovation is the only way to solve these challenges and problems. IANS

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