Elon Musk wrote a column in a magazine published by China’s Cyberspace Administration (CAC), which is responsible for censoring online content.
In the column, Elon Musk celebrates his own ventures — particularly SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink — while establishing what he says will be “a brighter future for humanity.”
He does not mention his current conflict with Twitteran acquisition which, at the time, justified by the importance it attaches to freedom of expression – something that goes against the work of China‘s online regulator.
The billionaire claimed he was asked by the magazine to contribute his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity”, including founding a self-sustaining city on Mars.
“Any area that contributes to a sustainable future is worth our investment,” he wrote.
“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 as possible for the world.
“You’re here to accelerate the global transition to sustainable energy, Neuralink for medical rehabilitation, SpaceX to make interstellar connections possible,” he added.
The billionaire has long taken a softer stance towards the Chinese government than he has towards US authorities, whom he has repeatedly criticized when their actions conflict with his business interests.
While describing the COVID-19 lockdowns in the United States as “fascism”, he remained silent on similar moves in China, although they are much more drastic and also impact on production in Tesla factories.
Unlike in the United States, Mr. Musk’s business in China is conducted at the discretion of Beijing.
He’s not the only tech mogul to try to woo Beijing.
Apple’s Tim Cook, Meta’s Mark Zuckerberg and Google’s Sundar Pichai have all tried – with varying degrees of success – to side with the Chinese Communist Party.
Commenting on the Bloomberg News column, Kendra Schaefer said, “If Musk doesn’t sit before a congressional committee within a year to be questioned about his relationship with China, I will be flabbergasted.”
When initially explaining the motivation behind his $44 billion takeover of Twitter – which he is now engaged in a legal fight to get out of – Mr Musk said: “Free speech is the foundation of a democracy that works, and Twitter is the place of the digital city. where vital questions for the future of humanity are debated.
At the time, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asked if the deal would give China “a bit of influence” on the platform.