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The conflict between Taiwan and China: Elon Musk is still controversial

When he’s not playing “I love you, me too” on Twitter, Elon Musk loves to speak his mind. And the words of the richest man on the planet rarely go unnoticed. The last example concerns the conflict between Taiwan and China.

Accustomed to controversial tweets (and more or less controlled drifts), Elon Musk leaves no one indifferent. The richest man on the planet never misses an opportunity to keep quiet and loves to speak his mind; when he’s not making headlines about the Twitter takeover. After Ukraine, Elon Musk became interested in international politics again, getting involved in the conflict between Taiwan and China.

In an interview with the Financial Times, Elon Musk believes that the governments of the two countries can come to a “reasonably acceptable” agreement. “My recommendation… would be to find a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably acceptable, which probably won’t satisfy everyone,” says Tesla’s chief executive. Before adding: “And it’s possible, and I think it’s even likely that they could [y] have a softer deal than in Hong Kong.”

A sensational statement that clearly did not go unnoticed; on the side of Beijing, as well as on the side of Taipei. Chinese Ambassador to the US Qin Gang took to social media to welcome Elon Musk’s departure. He said that “peaceful reunification” and the “one country, two systems” model used to govern Hong Kong were “China’s basic principles for solving the Taiwan problem.” He added, “As long as China’s sovereignty, security and development interests are guaranteed, after reunification, Taiwan will enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a special administrative region and extensive development.”

Elon Musk ‘knows little’ about Taiwan

The Taiwanese response was not long in coming. Taiwan’s Ambassador to Washington, Xiao Bi-him reacted to this on Twitter. “Taiwan sells a lot of goods, but our freedom and democracy are not for sale. Any long-term proposal for our future must be determined peacefully, without coercion, and with respect for the democratic desires of the people of Taiwan,” she said.

In addition to the arms exchange between the ambassadors, the Taiwanese premier responded directly to the American billionaire. He claims that Elon Musk “knows little” about the self-governing island. The island’s top official, Su Tseng-chang, recalls that the SpaceX boss is a “businessman.” “He has a big car factory in Shanghai and he wants to promote his electric cars… A businessman can say this today and say something different tomorrow,” he adds.

The American entrepreneur does indeed have a Gigafactory in Shanghai, and this factory is especially important to Tesla. “Musk speaks for himself, but he doesn’t really know much about Taiwan, and he also doesn’t understand cross-strait relations,” said the head of the Taiwanese government.

Elon Musk’s opinion on the war in Ukraine has already caused controversy

Elon Musk’s remarks followed the controversy surrounding his proposal for “peace” between Kyiv and Moscow. Posted on his favorite social network, the idea of ​​a multimillionaire is based on four points; including the surrender of Crimea to Russia.

A widely commented peace plan that, logically, did not receive favorable treatment from Ukrainian officials. “My very diplomatic response is to fuck you,” Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, said in a post.

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