Elon Musk’s Ties to China Make him Vulnerable: NYT

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has been granted special privileges by the Chinese government to set up a plant in China. Critics have raised concerns that this relationship with China could leave Musk vulnerable to leverage from Beijing. According to The New York Times, Musk’s close ties with the Chinese government include concessions such as low-interest loans and changes in ownership rules to facilitate the setup of the plant in Shanghai in 2019.

The China plant now accounts for more than half of Tesla’s global deliveries, making the company increasingly reliant on the low production costs in China’s competitive electric vehicle market. While China has been building its own strong EV industry, Tesla is facing challenges. Musk’s close relationship with China has also raised concerns among US lawmakers, particularly in light of his ownership of SpaceX, a satellite company with valuable Pentagon contracts.

Musk has been known to express pro-China views on controversial issues, such as Taiwan, and has praised the country’s leaders. Despite the report, there has been no official comment from Tesla, SpaceX, or Musk on the allegations raised in The New York Times. Business Insider has reached out to these companies for comment.

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