Why Chinese government officials thanked Elon Musk – Times of India


You’re here CEO Elon Musk recently received thanks from Chinese government officials for what is seen as a “pro-China” view on Taiwan which he shared as part of an interview with The Financial Times. In the interview, Musk said Taiwan should be essentially under China’s control, with a “more lenient” arrangement than Hong Kong.
“My recommendation… would be to find a special administrative area for Taiwan that’s reasonably acceptable, probably won’t make everyone happy. And it’s possible, and I probably think, in fact, that they could have a more lenient arrangement than Hong Kong,” Musk reportedly said.

In response, Qin Gang, China’s Ambassador to the United States, tweeted, “I would like to thank @elonmusk for his call for peace across the Taiwan Strait and his idea of ​​creating a Special Administrative Zone for Taiwan. In fact, peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems are our basic principles for resolving the Taiwan issue and the best approach to achieving national reunification.

In response to a question from Reuters about Elon Musk’s comments in Taiwan, Mao Ning, spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in an official statement: “The Taiwan issue is China’s internal affair. China’s position on the Taiwan issue settlement is consistent and clear. We remain committed to the fundamental principle of peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems and aim to work with utmost sincerity and effort to achieve peaceful reunification. At the same time, we will resolutely thwart attempts to pursue the separatist program of “Taiwan independence”, repel interference from outside forces and safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

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