DAVOS, Switzerland — Alibaba founder Jack Ma thinks America went wrong over the past 30 years by focusing too much on war and Wall Street. Speaking at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday, Ma was asked about globalisation and the reaction to it represented by the election of Donald Trump as US president.
He responded that back when Thomas Friedman published “The World Is Flat” in 2005, globalisation looked like “a perfect strategy” for the US: “We just want the IP, the technology, and the brand, and we’ll leave the other jobs” to other countries like Mexico and China, he said.
“American international companies made millions and millions of dollars from globalisation,” Ma said.
As an example of just how much was available, Ma said, “When I graduated from university I tried to buy a beeper, and it cost me $250. My pay at the time was $10 a month as a teacher. …
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