Cameron ap­points Ma to ad­vi­sory board

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Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron has ap­pointed Jack Ma, the founder of Chi­nese e-com­merce con­glom­er­ate Alibaba GroupHold­ing Ltd, a mem­ber of his busi­ness ad­vi­sory board.

Cameron an­nounced the ap­point­ment on the eve of Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping’s four-day state visit to the UK.

Ma, whose e-com­merce group raised $21.8 bil­lion in the largest ini­tial pub­lic of­fer­ing in the United States last Septem­ber, is the first Chi­nese en­trepreneur to join Cameron’s 19-mem­ber busi­ness ad­vi­sory board. Ac­cord­ing to Cameron’s spokes­woman, Ma will “pro­vide par­tic­u­lar help and ad­vice on how to get small- and medium-sized Bri­tish busi­nesses boost­ing their ex­ports and in par­tic­u­lar ac­cess­ing Chi­nese mar­kets through plat­forms like Alibaba.”

“Cameron’s de­ci­sion to ap­point Ma as an ad­viser il­lus­trates just how se­ri­ous the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment is about ac­cel­er­at­ing UK ex­ports to China in the com­ing years,” Mark Hed­ley, e-com­merce ex­pert at Chi­naBri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil, told China Daily.

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Dancers from the Ban­daloop dance troupe of the United States per­form sky bal­let near a sky­scraper in east China’s Shang­hai Mu­nic­i­pal­ity on Oct 14. The per­for­mance is part of the warm-up for the 17th Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Arts Fes­ti­val, which will run from Oct 16 to Nov 16.

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