Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad tours Alibaba's exhibition area with Alibaba's founder Jack Ma in Hangzhou city, Zhejiang Province, August 18, 2018. /CGTN Photo
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad met with Alibaba Group's founder Jack Ma at the company's headquarters in east China's Hangzhou City on Saturday morning.
Mahathir toured the company's exhibition area, which features Alibaba’s latest technology and development.
The two then met for about an hour to discuss Alibaba’s investment in Malaysia, including Ant Financial and City Brain cloud service.
During the visit, Mahathir reiterated his support for the establishment of a digital free trade zone between Alibaba and Malaysia, which will serve millions of small- and medium-sized companies in Malaysia and Southeast Asia.
In June this year, Alibaba launched a new office in Malaysia, which was the group’s first in Southeast Asia.
Malaysia aims to attract more Chinese high-tech companies to invest in the country.
By Wu Lei