Alibaba founder Jack Ma said Tuesday that the trade dispute between the U.S. and China could last 20 years and that escalating it would “hurt everybody.”
Speaking at a World Trade Organization seminar, the Chinese e-commerce billionaire touted the positive aspects of trade, according to media reports.
“When trade stops, sometimes the war starts. So trade is the way to stop wars,” Ma said, according to AP. “Trade is the way to build up trust. It’s not the weapon to fight against each other.”