The billionaire founder of Alibaba Group Holding Limited, the largest retailer in the world, declared himself discontent with the evolution of counterfeit sellers within China. This is why Jack Ma urged policymakers through his social account to apply harder measures for fake commercial goods. The same request was made by other multinational brands. In their turn, these companies accused the e-commerce service of covering for too many wrongdoers.
This week, China was busy coordinating the National People’s Congress. This is the largest political power in the country, and all 150 members gather together usually in spring to exercise politics. With this occasion, the chairman of Alibaba Group Holding Limited addressed the authorities to tackle the counterfeit seller’s situation as well. Jack Ma demanded more ruthless punishes against such illegal commercial activities that affect the reputation of an entire country.
Jack Ma wrote a public post on his Weibo account. He scolded law enforcement for being too weak on illegal profiteers. He wants politicians to enable maximum prison sentences along with other penalties to inhibit such practices. This odd appeal seemed to be a result of Alibaba’s own criticism. Many international brands are making the giant retailer responsible for the rise of harmful copycats in their industries. Moreover, Alibaba was once again marked as a notorious market. This category includes other suspicious businesses such as the flea market in Brazil and Pirate Bay, a major torrent website.
The founder of Alibaba stated in his social post that a company alone couldn’t make a significant change in this direction. If the organization doesn’t have the law by its side, counterfeit sellers will continue to enjoy their freedom for an undetermined period of time. These negative criticisms are prejudicing the international retailer’s plan to establish an even larger world market dominance. Alibaba needs the trust of foreign brands to benefit a smooth global expansion.
The director of the China E-Commerce Research Center in Hangzhou, Cao Lei, commented the event as a proactive action. To his view, Alibaba appealed correctly on lawmakers’ help to improve the criminal legal system in China. The company can’t override laws that cover for fake goods. For instance, one of them allows law enforcement to overlook those manufacturers who produce fake goods that value up to $7,200.
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