Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, responded to the Chinese military’s ban of Tesla from all its facilities. The billionaire said using the cars for spying would result in the electric-vehicles manufacturer being shut down.
Musk explained, “There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information. Tesla would get shut down if we used cars to spy in China or anywhere. ” Musk expressed his concerns to a prominent Chinese forum during a virtual discussion.
China is Tesla’s largest market after the US, accounting for about a quarter of the firm’s global sales in 2020.
On Saturday, Musk said if a business did engage in spying on a foreign government, “the negative effects for that company would be extremely bad”.
According to a report by Reuters, Friday, the Chinese military banned Tesla cars from entering complexes. The journal cited security concerns because of cameras installed on Tesla’s vehicles for auto-piloting.
Tesla’s ban in military facilities in China coincided with top U.S. and Chinese diplomats meeting in Alaska. The meeting is the first in-person interaction since Pres. Joe Biden took office in January.
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In a panel discussion with Xue Qikun, the Chinese quantum physicist and head of the Southern University of Science and Technology, Elon demanded a mutual trust between the U.S. and China in his comments to the China Development Forum. The forum is a high-level business meeting that the State Council hosts.