On Thursday, Taiwan accused Elon Musk of “blind flattery” of Beijing after the American billionaire described the self-governing island as an “integral part” of China.
Elon Musk, one of the planet’s richest homes, most of the people in Taipei in comparison, in a podcast, Taïwan to the American country of Hawaï and a qualified “integrated party” China.
Jeff told the press that Elon Musk “blindly flatters China, and if his comments are influenced by its business interests, then such comments do not deserve to be taken seriously, and the person who makes them does not deserve respect.” Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We don’t know if Mr. Musk’s free will is for sale, but Taiwan is not for sale, that’s for sure.”
Beijing considers the autonomous island part of its territory and could one day seize it by force.
In recent years, China has intensified its political and economic pressure on Taiwan.
Mr. Liu’s statements come after those of Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, who attacked the Tesla CEO in a post on the businessman’s social media network X (formerly Twitter).
He suggested asking Beijing to allow the Chinese access.
“I hope that Elon Musk can also demand that the Chinese Communist Party allow its people access to Starlink satellite communications to thwart Ukraine’s counterattack against Russia,” Wu wrote.
Last week, Elon Musk claimed to have prevented a Ukrainian attack on a Russian naval base last year by rejecting a request from Kiev to activate internet access via its satellite in the Black Sea, near the Crimean peninsula which it annexed through Moscow.
“Listen everyone, Taiwan is not part of the People’s Republic of China and is definitely not for sale!”
Elon Musk had already angered Taipei last May by announcing that China would inevitably incorporate the island.
“China’s official policy is that Taiwan should be integrated… There is no need to read between the lines,” he said in an interview with CNBC.
He added: “There is a certain inevitability in this situation.”
The outspoken Musk, who has significant business interests in China, often wades into social and geopolitical issues in comments he posts on his social media.
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