China’s internet regulator, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), is the specialist in online speech restriction in China. The CAC wants to control all the comments published or even prohibit influencers from discussing certain subjects, which has earned it the title of censor. The regulator also has a magazine, China Cyberspace. This is where the great promoter of free speech Elon Musk decided to publish an article in July.
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Elon Musk’s article, titled “Believe in technology, create a better future”, is the first to have been written by a foreign author in the columns of the state magazine, reports the South China Morning Post. This media mainly contains articles on announcements and research leads for Internet regulation, but also posts written by Chinese tech players. Ant Group CEO Eric Jing Xiandong also wrote an article in this latest issue.
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In his article, Elon Musk discusses his vision of the future for technologies and humanity, and takes the opportunity to promote his companies to the Chinese public, ” any area that contributes to a sustainable future is worthy of our investment. Whether it’s Tesla, Neuralink or SpaceX, these companies were all founded with the ultimate goal of improving the future of human life and creating as much practical value for the world as possible. “.
Elon Musk emphasizes the importance of technological innovations for the future and encourages Chinese tech players to follow him. ” I also invite more like-minded Chinese partners to join us in exploring clean energy, artificial intelligence, human-machine collaboration and space exploration, to create a worthwhile future. to be expected “, he writes.
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Kendra Schaefer, head of technology policy research at Trivium China, a publication that analyzes Chinese economic policy, says Elon Musk seeks to maintain healthy relations with China, reports Bloomberg. According to her, this position of the leader of Tesla could harm her, even if the Chinese market represents an important economic opportunity for the company. Tesla already sells 25% of its cars in China. However, the United States may not look favorably on this seduction operation on the part of Elon Musk.
The publication of an article by the American billionaire in a media belonging to a Chinese internet censorship organization goes against the positions defended by Elon Musk. The entrepreneur had explained in particular that he wanted to buy Twitter in the name of freedom of expression. He seems to be ready to do anything to convince political actors and Chinese consumers.