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Some experts said Ma's plan to bring 1 million jobs to the USA might have been overly ambitious in the first place. -China trade becoming increasingly contentious, the promise can not be fulfilled.

Ma met US President Donald Trump two years ago and laid out the Chinese e-commerce giant's plan to bring 1 million small US businesses onto its platform to sell to Chinese consumers over the next five years.

Ma was speaking at an Alibaba investor conference hours after Washington said it would impose duties on an extra $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, drawing a warning from Beijing that it would retaliate.

Ma and Trump met in January 2017 to discuss how adding small and medium-sized United States businesses to Alibaba's platform would boost employment. "As businesses continue to embark on their cloud transformation strategies to address these challenges, they can feel confident that KPMG and Alibaba Cloud teams around the world together can address their specific needs for global, scalable, cloud-based digital solutions", commented Honson To, chairman of KPMG China and Asia-Pacific region.

"The current state of affairs has already destroyed the premise the promise was made on", Ma said in an interview on Tuesday.

He said that trade is not a weapon and shouldn't be used for wars.

Ma, however, said Alibaba "will not stop working hard to contribute to the healthy development of China-US trade".

Some analysts and American businesses are now concerned China could resort to other means of retaliation such as pressuring USA companies operating in China.

Ma, the cofounder of Alibaba, announced in early September that he would step down from his role as chairman at the end of the year to focus on philanthropy.

He added U.S. tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese products could prompt the country to export elsewhere.

Alibaba's Chief Technology Officer Jeff Zhang stated that the company is in "a unique position to lead real technology breakthroughs in disruptive areas, such as quantum and chip technology" due to its advantages in algorithms and data, according to CNN. Analysts have also warned that U.S. companies selling in China could face nationalist backlash against their products.

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