- Elon Musk told the Financial Times that China disagreed with his decision to send Starlink to Ukraine.
- Musk said the communist state also asked the billionaire not to sell Starlink in China.
- Musk has close relations with China – one of Tesla’s largest markets and export centers.
Elon Musk said China clearly rejects his decision to send SpaceX’s satellite Internet service to Ukraine.
Billionair For Financial Times In a recent interview, Beijing asked him to pledge that he would not sell Starlink in China.
In February — two days after Russia invaded Ukraine — Musk sent Ukraine a shipment of Starlink Internet satellite dishes. This was the first of many shipments to the country that helped Ukraine stay connected amid attacks by Russia and hack on the satellite provider for its army.
Early on, Ukrainian officials and military leaders applauded the move, with an American general say Starlink “completely destroyed Putin’s media campaign” and his attempts to silence Ukrainian President Zelensky.
but recently, FT . mentioned Ukrainian forces have experienced some outages in their Starlink hardware on the front lines in recent weeks. Roman Senesin, a coordinator at a foundation that donates Starlink systems to the Ukrainian armed forces, told the publication that the outages were caused by SpaceX representatives trying to prevent Russians from using the technology.
Since then, Musk has done too Enabled Starlink in Iran amid widespread protests over The death of a 22-year-old woman Her name is Mahsa Amini who died in police custody. People in the country reported internet outages and Iranian police He denied that Amini had been mistreated.
Satellite Internet Service Available In about 40 countries, SpaceX has not yet sold Starlink in China. Chinese state media has mentioned That SpaceX has no plans to apply for an operating license in China. Internet service in China is only available through state-owned service providers, and access to it is strictly controlled.
The Tesla CEO relies heavily on China – the world’s largest electric vehicle market. In 2018, musk Launched factory in Shanghai. Since then, the factory has become one of Tesla’s factories The main export hubs. Last year, half of Tesla’s global shipments came from China.
“Chinese companies will be a force to be reckoned with in the cause of energy innovation,” Musk responded in the article.
The Financial Times said the billionaire appeared reluctant to comment on the rising tensions between the United States and China, but said he believed there would eventually be conflict with the communist state over Taiwan.
“Apple is going to be in very, very deep trouble, that’s for sure,” Musk said, noting that he believes the global economy will decline by 30%. Despite this, the billionaire said that Tesla’s Shanghai plant will still be able to sell cars in China.
Last week, the billionaire also influenced the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, suggesting that citizens of the occupied territories vote on which country they would prefer to live in. His proposal was met with severe criticism. Even Zelensky make fun of them Musk’s attempt to solve a real crisis on Twitter.
“Which elonmusk do you like the most?” asked Zelensky in a poll. “Who supports Ukraine. Who supports Russia”.
Musk’s comments on Ukraine have also been met Criticism of China’s biggest publicistHu Jin Jin.
“Elon Musk has called his character too much, and he believes very much in the ‘freedom of speech’ of the United States and the West. He will take a lesson,” Hu Jintao said.