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Elon Musk praises China on Communist Party anniversary

Story at a glance

  • Musk was responding to a tweet from state media outlet Xinhua News.
  • The tweet included a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping referring to the end of “absolute poverty in China.”
  • The remarks come as Tesla’s push into the Chinese market has recently experienced a series of setbacks.

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk praised China’s economic development and infrastructure Wednesday night as the country marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. 

“The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves,” Musk wrote in a Twitter post

Musk was responding to a tweet from state media outlet Xinhua News that included a quote from Chinese President Xi Jinping referring to the end of “absolute poverty in China.” 

“China has realized the first centenary goal of building a moderately prosperous society in all respects. This means that we have brought about a historic resolution to the problem of absolute poverty in China, and we are now marching in confident strides toward the second centenary goal of building China into a great modern socialist country in all respects,” the quote from Xi states


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Musk posted the same message on China’s Twitter-like platform, Weibo, where he has about 1.8 million followers. 

The remarks come as Tesla’s push into the Chinese market has recently experienced a series of setbacks. 

More than 285,000 Teslas sold in China are now being recalled to address risks associated with its Autopilot feature following an investigation conducted by Chinese regulators. 

In March, some Chinese military bases banned the vehicles over security concerns associated with their cameras.  


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