Musk Writes an Article for a Magazine Run by China's Chief Censor
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Musk seems to have determined not to alienate the Chinese authorities, a decision that often earns him criticism. It goes without saying, then, that he'll take flak for
writing an article for China Cyberspace Magazine, which is run by the Cyberspace Administration of China, the country's internet regulator and censor. As an example of the agency's purview,
In April 2021, the CAC launched a hotline to report any online comments made against the Chinese Communist Party. Musk's op-ed column also comes as tension between the U.S. and China are high
due to the visits of American lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, to Taiwan. In this article, published in the July edition of the magazine, Musk sets out his vision for the future:
that of a world in which technology will help ensure the future of humanity.The column, headlined "Believing in Technology for a Better Future," was translated into English by Yang Liu,
a journalist for the Chinese state press agency, Xinhua. The journalist posted it on his Substack newsletter, Beijing Channel.Musk explains that the magazine proposed that he write the piece.
In other words, it wasn't his initiative. The tech titan also seems to say that he was put in a difficult position and could not deliberately refuse,at the risk of alienating the Chinese authorities.
"Thank you for the invitation from China Cyberspace magazine. I am pleased to share with my Chinese friends some of my thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity," the world's richest man said
Tesla owns a factory in Shanghai. This factory is key to the EV maker's global ambitions. Its temporary closure in March and April due to a lockdown surely hurt Tesla's production and deliveries.
In a sign of its importance, Musk in August celebrated the millionth vehicle out of this factory with a tweet: "Congrats Giga Shanghai on making millionth car! Total Teslas made now over 3M."