Elon Musk said that the conflict between China and Taiwan is hard to stop but recommended the island become a “special administration zone” similar to Hong Kong.
Taiwan has considered itself for decades an independent country, but China still insists Taiwan is a part of China and hopes to restore control.
“My recommendation . . . would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably palatable, probably won’t make everyone happy,” Musk told the Financial Times in an interview published Friday. “And it’s possible, and I think probably, in fact, that they could have an arrangement that’s more lenient than Hong Kong.”
Hong Kong is a special administrative zone that manages its own politics, although China has cracked down on the country in recent years by passing a national security law that punishes citizens for dissent against Beijing.
Musk, who has a big business in China, noted that Tesla’s Shanghai factory would be caught in the middle of any conflict between the country and Taiwan.