Elon Musk says China and the US are ‘Siamese twins’

Workers chat under an umbrella outside the Tesla showroom in Beijing, Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
By Dénes Albert
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Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk visited his company’s Tesla factory in Beijing, his first visit to China since the country severely restricted travel due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After his meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang, Musk said he was willing to expand his business in the country. He also said he is against the decoupling of the U.S. and Chinese economies.

“The interests of the United States and China are intertwined, like Siamese twins, inseparable,” the Tesla CEO said.

Reuters points out that Musk, who also owns Twitter, has so far not logged into his social networking site from China, where the platform is currently banned but accessible to some users via a virtual private network.

According to the official statement, the Chinese side has told Musk that China is committed to improving the business environment for investors, including Tesla.

China is Tesla’s second-largest market after the United States, but the carmaker’s largest plant remains in Shanghai, which also supplied vehicles to the European market before the opening of a factory in Germany last year.

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