The US-China trade war can drag out for 20 years; it will last longer than currently believed, and will have a more significant impact on the world, said Alibaba founder and head Jack Ma at an Alibaba investor conference in Hangzhou on Tuesday.
"In the short term, business communities in China, the US, and Europe will suffer. All this will take a long time, and if you want quick solutions, there will be none," he stated.
According to Jack Ma, Alibaba will also come under attack due to increased tensions in trade relations, because thanks to its platform, US companies can buy goods in China by wholesale.
"Middle term, a lot of Chinese business will move to other countries," he added.
Despite introducing duties on Chinese goods, US President Donald Trump warned that in case of reciprocal measures by China, duties could be expanded to encompass goods worth $267 billion. Thus, taking into account the already existing measures for $50 billion, duties will be imposed on nearly all US imports from China, which exceeds $500 billion a year.
A few hours later, Beijing promised to take retaliatory measures.