Metrewith TeslaA few days ago, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk tweeted a “peace plan” for Russia-invaded Ukraine and outlined his own “solution” on relations with Taiwan.
According to a profile article published by the Financial Times (FT) on the 7th, Mr Musk said that Taiwan, which China considers to be part of its territory, is a “special administrative zone which is reasonably acceptable but which will probably not please not everyone.” “I think there’s a good chance we can find a more lenient deal than with Hong Kong,” he said.
Such comments cannot be ignored, given that Tesla has a car factory in Shanghai. It highlights the risks of speaking publicly about foreign policy for billionaires with complex business interests around the world. Chinese officials have asked Musk to assure him not to exploit SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet service in Ukraine, which has become a vital asset in the country’s defense, he said.
Mr. Musk’s comments on Taiwan do not align with US administration policies. President Biden said last month that US forces would defend Taiwan in the event of an “unprecedented attack”. At the same time, he stressed that the “one China policy” of the United States has not changed.
Taiwan representatives in San Francisco and Washington did not immediately respond to Bloomberg’s requests for comment.
Original title:Musk turns diplomatic gaze to China and Taiwan from Ukraine(extract)