Elon Musk celebrates new Shanghai car factory by dancing at opening

Elon Musk celebrates new Shanghai car factory by dancing at opening
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Tesla founder Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskHillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — Wyden asks NSA to investigate White House cybersecurity | Commerce withdraws Huawei rule after Pentagon objects | Warren calls on Brazil to drop Greenwald charges Tesla becomes world's second most valuable carmaker Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — UN calls for probe into alleged Saudi hack of Bezos | Experts see effort to 'silence' Washington Post | Bezos tweets tribute to Khashoggi MORE on Tuesday celebrated the opening of his company's newest factory with a short dance in front of cameras.

Musk posted videos of the event celebrating the launch of Tesla's manufacturing plant that show the Tesla and SpaceX founder taking his jacket off and dancing in front of a cheering crowd.

The company's Shanghai plant is part of Musk's plan to design and develop a line of cars completely in China, which he hopes will allow Tesla to avoid steep tariffs on automobile parts put in place by the Trump administration against China.


The U.S. and China have been at the brink of an all-out trade war for months as U.S. and Chinese negotiators failed last year to establish a formal trade deal to address long-standing issues between the two countries despite months of talks.

"Something that would be super cool … is to try to create a China design and engineering center to actually design an original car in China for worldwide consumption," Musk said Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpKaine: Obama called Trump a 'fascist' during 2016 campaign Kaine: GOP senators should 'at least' treat Trump trial with seriousness of traffic court Louise Linton, wife of Mnuchin, deletes Instagram post in support of Greta Thunberg MORE has targeted auto parts along with other Chinese exports with billions of dollars' worth of tariffs in response to the continued negotiations, and no deal is currently in sight.