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Alibaba affiliate Alipay is China’s largest payments service, while Apple just this month debuted its own version of a mobile wallet, letting iPhone 6 users make payments at retailers with their smartphones.

Ma told a Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference on Monday that he has tremendous respect for Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“I hope we can do something together,” he said when asked if Alipay and Apple Pay might tie up.

Ma, who amassed a fortune estimated at $25 billion partly through his stake in recent market debutante Alibaba, is a frequent visitor to the United States. This week, he plans to visit a number of Hollywood studios, reportedly to strike up content deals.

“I want to come here looking for partners,” he said, adding that China will eventually become the world’s largest movie market.

Alibaba, which handles more e-commerce transactions than Amazon.com Inc and eBay Inc combined, does not…

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