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Elon Musk visits China. Met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang said in a Tuesday meeting with Elon Musk that China would create a “better, market-oriented business environment,” Reuters reported.

CEO of the Tesla concern Elon Musk arrived in Beijing on Tuesday. This is his first visit to the Middle Kingdom in 3 years.

Meeting with the chief of Chinese diplomacy

In a note published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the meeting, it was written that Minister Gang assured Musk that “China remain committed to creating a better, market-oriented, law-abiding and international business environment for businesses from all countries, including Tesla.”

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The ministry compared the development of Sino-American relations to driving a car. “Using the Tesla car analogy, in order to develop Sino-American relations well, we must turn the wheel correctly and move in the right direction of mutual respect. […]apply the brakes in good time to avoid dangerous driving, and be good at stepping on the gas to promote mutually beneficial cooperation.”

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According to the note, Musk spoke highly of the Chinese and the development of the PRC. He assured that Tesla “opposes” the so-called decoupling, i.e. activities aimed at eliminating economic links between USA and China.

Second largest market

In addition to meeting China’s foreign minister, Musk may also visit Tesla’s factory in Shanghai, Reuters reported.

China is Tesla’s second-largest market after the United States, and the Shanghai factory is the largest production center for the electric car maker.

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