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Jack Ma makes surprise China return after lengthy travels abroad

Alibaba founder talked education and ChatGPT at school he founded

Jack Ma, pictured here in 2019, and his corporate empire have been under heavy pressure from the government since a speech in October 2020 in which he attacked the country's financial regulators and criticized the financial system as outdated. (File photo by Reuters) 

TOKYO -- Alibaba founder Jack Ma has returned to mainland China after nearly a year of overseas travel, a lengthy absence that sent mixed signals to foreign investors regarding Beijing's stance on private business.

The news was reported by the Alibaba-owned South China Morning Post and Chinese state-backed media China Star Market on Monday, and later confirmed by a school that Ma founded in Hangzhou in 2017.

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