Elon Musk encourages people to visit to China

Elon Musk encourages people to visit to China

Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Thursday praised China for its “economic prosperity” on the 100th centenary celebration of the ruling party . The Communist Party of China is celebrating the momentous occasion with huge pomp and show and Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is leading the party as general secretary, made remarks to spotlight the achievement.

In an hour-long address at Tiananmen Square, Xi said that China has realised the primary centenary goal of building a “moderately prosperous society altogether respects,” reported state-run Xinhua News. The Chinese president expressed confidence in achieving the second centenary goal of building China into a “great modern socialist country altogether respects.”

Responding to a post by Xinhua, Musk said that “[t]he economic prosperity that China has achieved is actually amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to go to and see for themselves.” The Tesla CEO also posted an equivalent message on Weibo, where he has nearly 1.8 million followers.

Musk’s tweet triggered a flurry of suggestions from rights activists who advised the billionaire to go to the “prison camps” in Xinjiang which China terms as “re-education camps”.

“The economic process is undeniable — but if you visit and don’t do tours of the prison camps in Xinjiang, the colonization of Tibet, the state-of-the-art AI-powered surveillance apparatus, or conquered Hong Kong , then you don’t get the complete picture,” tweeted Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer at Human Rights Foundation.

China is accused of gross human rights violations in Xinjiang province and running highly intrusive surveillance programmes within the name of national security. China’s contentious national security law targeting Hong Kong , a worldwide financial hub and former British colony, has been criticised by the West for undermining the autonomy of the region.

But Tesla, nonetheless, has huge business interest in China, a rustic that has vowed to succeed in a carbon emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. However, the electrical automaker has faced a series of issues in China, including the recent recall of Tesla vehicles, built and sold in China, by regulators over concerns about the control system.

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