While Tim Cook is in Beijing learning how to Didi, China’s most high-profile entrepreneur is in Washington D.C., having secret meetings with the leader of the free world.
Jack Ma, Alibaba CEO, media mogul and ok painter, dropped by the White House unannounced — at least on the president’s public schedule — for a closed-door meeting with Barack Obama yesterday.
But hey, this isn’t anything all that unusual, after all Ma and Obama go way back. Last year, the US president interviewed Ma at an APEC summit in Manila, asking the Chinese innovator about entrepreneurship, economics and opportunities for startups. What did two of the world’s most important people talk about this time?
No one knows. Ma did say the meeting was “very good” as he hurried into the back seat of a black sedan (presumably not a Didi).
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According to Quartz, an Alibaba representative also declined to discuss just what the two talked about over lunch.
Perhaps, Ma was just there to impart more wisdom like he did in Manila where he quipped that “Government is simple — just reduce the tax, or no tax, for these guys,” he said while gesturing out to the audience of assembled chuckling CEOs.
Or maybe he’s looking to buy some more real estate.
TomoNews has its own ideas about what when on behind closed doors: