Elon Musk receives adulation and warm welcome during China trip
Elon Musk’s recent visit to China has been met with admiration and warm hospitality from the Chinese public. The billionaire CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, has been praised and flattered by the Chinese people during his trip, where he has also had meetings with three government ministers.
Since arriving in Beijing earlier this week, Musk has held discussions with China’s foreign, commerce, and industry ministers, as well as enjoying a dinner with Zeng Yuqun, the chairman of leading battery supplier CATL. While the details of these conversations have not been disclosed, there has been an outpouring of enthusiasm for Musk on Chinese social media platforms.
Musk has been hailed as a “global idol” and many Chinese citizens have expressed their admiration, with some even expressing a desire for someone like Musk to be the leader of China. His visit has sparked significant interest and discussion on social media, despite the ongoing tensions between the United States and China. People are particularly interested in Musk’s views on topics such as artificial intelligence and electric vehicles.
During his trip, Musk’s private jet traveled from Beijing to Shanghai, where Tesla’s factory is located. The visit of Musk, along with other major CEOs like Tim Cook of Apple, Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan, and Laxman Narasimhan of Starbucks, highlights the importance of China as a market for international companies.
Musk’s popularity in China was further evident during a lavish 16-course meal at a prestigious restaurant, where the menu was designed to pay homage to his Chinese name and described Tesla as a dark horse that stands out among traditional automotive companies.
While Musk has yet to make any public statements during his visit, his trip comes at a critical time for Tesla in China. The company faces increased competition from Chinese-made electric vehicles and some uncertainties regarding expansion plans for the Shanghai plant. Musk is expected to meet other high-ranking Chinese officials and visit the Shanghai factory in the coming days.
Investors are also eagerly awaiting regulatory clearance for Tesla’s advanced driver assistance features in China, which are already available in the United States. The successful implementation of these features in the Chinese market could have significant implications for Tesla’s growth and market position.
Despite the challenges and uncertainties, Musk’s visit to China has generated excitement and admiration among the Chinese public. The attention and positive reception he has received demonstrate the significant impact he has made in the fields of electric vehicles and technology, both in China and around the world.