Musk’s recommendation to resolve Taiwan-China tensions angers Taiwanese; China doesn’t seem pleased

Tesla CEO and tech billionaire Elon Musk recommended setting up Taiwan as a “special administrative region” that is not only “pretty palatable” but also “more forgiving than Hong Kong,” angering Taiwanese and angering China.

The business tycoon’s statement offended many people, particularly Taiwanese politicians from major political parties. But it didn’t seem to make China happy either. China’s state-run Central Television News published an article on Saturday entitled, “Musk Steps Out of Line on Discussion of China’s Taiwan Question, Foreign Ministry Responds.”

The article noted that when asked about Musk’s statement on Taiwan-China tensions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Mao Ning said, “The Taiwan issue is China’s domestic policy,” adding that China is “the resolutely suppress interference by foreign forces.”

Musk’s statement comes from his recent interview with the business and business news Financial Times, in which the tech billionaire shared his view on the ongoing tensions between Taiwan and China. The conflict, if not resolved and worst-case scenario, could affect its businesses, particularly Tesla, which has a gigafactory in China that produces between 30% and 50% of America’s total electric vehicle production.

“My recommendation… would be to create a special administrative region for Taiwan, which is reasonably palatable and probably won’t make everyone happy. And it’s possible, and I even think they could have an agreement that’s more lenient than Hong Kong,” Musk said.

The tech billionaire is aware that the ongoing tensions between Taiwan and China have consequences and his Tesla will surely be on the other side of that conflict soon. However, he said that Tesla will not suffer alone, “Apple would be in very big trouble, that’s for sure,” he predicted.

Several Taiwanese politicians also commented on Musk’s recommendation on the geopolitical issue. “It’s understandable that Musk needs to work with him to do business. But now the world is more concerned about how to ensure Taiwan’s democracy, human rights and freedoms,” said Luo Zhizheng, secretary-general of the Legislative Yuan of the Democratic Progressive Party.

The Legislative Yuan of China’s Kuomintang leader Zeng Mingzong said Musk’s proposal was unworkable and the Kuomintang group did not endorse it. The leader noted that the billionaire’s point of view was based on his economic point of view.

Most comments from Taiwanese politicians underscored that Musk’s position is mainly driven by his business interests and investments in China, making it a biased and subjective take on the ongoing tensions between Taiwan and China.

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