BEIJING, CHINA — Tesla CEO, Elon Musk, arrived in China on his first trip in over three years on Tuesday.
After his arrival to Beijing on Tuesday, he is also expected to visit Tesla’s huge manufacturing plant in Shanghai. On his arrival, Musk also met China’s foreign minister, Qin Gang, and had dinner with Zeng Yuqun, chairman of top battery supplier CATL.
Musk has not mentioned anything publicly about the trip as he has also declined to make any comments about his plans for the trip.
On Wednesday, May 31, Musk met China’s industry minister Jin Zhuanglong and discussed the development of electric vehicles.
China’s foreign ministry said that Musk was willing to expand the car maker’s business in the country, with China being the second biggest market for Tesla after the US.
On Musk’s visit to China, although there was a lack of information on his visit to China, social media users in China praised Musk.
“He’s a global idol,” someone commented. “Elon Musk is just great, if only China could have someone like Elon Musk,” said another commenter.
His unannounced trip was the latest major US CEO to China since the country revamped its zero-COVID policy and reopened its borders.
Compared to lower-key welcomes from other CEO’s, Musk’s visit is a hot trending topic, and despite US-China tensions, his popularity still rises and he shows his interest in artificial intelligence and electric vehicles in China.
Must have yet to announce anything on Twitter like he usually does, because Twitter is banned in China.
His visit to China comes as Tesla faces fierce competition from Chinese made electric vehicles and some uncertainty about expansion plans for the Shanghai plant.
A Shanghai factory made over 700,000 Tesla Model Y’s and Model 3 in the last year.
There is no clear information about Tesla having any hard time expanding the plant. – WhatALife!/Zain