White House promises nothing shady went down in Jack Ma meeting

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White House Promises Nothing Shady Went Down in Jack Ma Meeting

Another day, another very minor White House flub garnering headlines. This time it involves the president having lunch with Jack Ma, China's second-richest man.

President Obama and Ma met privately Tuesday, and the press only found out after seeing Ma leave the building afterward. The White House has had to defend the meeting ever since.

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Ma's company, Alibaba, makes him a pretty controversial figure. Alibaba is China's largest e-commerce company but has been accused of not doing enough to stop counterfeiters that use the site to sell their goods. Alibaba was also basically booted out of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition after companies quit in protest of its inclusion.

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Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks during a luncheon of the Economic Club of New York, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Alibaba Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks during a luncheon of the Economic Club of New York, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, in New York, Tuesday, June 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma waits for a reporter's question during a news conference in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Ma said it would be better if Kering SA, which owns the Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent brands, collaborated with Alibaba to deal with fake products rather than suing the Chinese e-commerce giant. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16, 2014: Alibaba Group founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma speaks after accepting the Game Changer of the Year award at the Asia Game Changer Awards, hosted by the Asia Society, on October 16, 2014 at the United Nations in New York, NY. Ma, China's richest man, was one of several award winners, including a Pritzker Prize winning architect (Shigeru Ban), an Academy Award winner (Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy), and this year's Noble Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
Alibaba Group Executive Chairman Jack Ma points to a reporter after a speech on “Transforming Dreams into Successful Business” to inspire young people to develop their creativity and entrepreneurship by using modern technology in Hong Kong Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. E-commerce giant Alibaba pledged last Friday to do more to fight online sales of counterfeit goods, quickly settling a public dispute with a Chinese regulator after the value of its U.S.-traded shares plunged. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)
FILE - In this March 18, 2015 file photo, Jack Ma, founder and CEO of the Alibaba Group, arrives at the Elysee Palace, in Paris. Alibaba reports quarterly financial results on Thursday, May 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacques Brinon, File)
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The White House promises nothing untoward is going on. The president and Ma appeared onstage at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting last year, and the president told Ma to stop by the White House if he were ever in town.

Though no details of what the men talked about have been revealed yet, the White House says they have "a number of common interests," including climate change and the international economy.

Obama's press secretary also pointed to Ma's name on the White House visitor's log as proof there isn't anything shady going on.

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