Jack Ma’s First Public Appearance in Months Prompts Speculation He Was Replaced With Clone

The development comes as Ma’s Alibaba Group is being investigated by Chinese authorities for monopolistic behaviour. China’s top market regulator said it would investigate reports the company had allegedly asked entrepreneurs to sign deals prohibiting them from selling products on rival platforms.

Chinese billionaire Jack Ma has made his first public appearance since his mysterious disappearance. According to Chinese state media, the founder of the e-commerce giant Alibaba attended a welfare event, the Jack Ma Rural Teachers Award Ceremony via video link. The billionaire spoke with 100 rural teachers across the country.

“We will meet again when the [COVID-19] epidemic is over!”, Ma said as cited by Tianmu News.

The news prompted a torrent comments on social media, with users expressing concern about Jack Ma.
Some netizens alleged that he had been arrested by the Chinese authorities.