Musk: Take China’s Comments About Capturing Taiwan ‘Seriously,’ They’re Not Kidding Around
FUERSTENWALDE, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 03: Tesla head Elon Musk arrives to have a look at the construction site of the new Tesla Gigafactory near Berlin on September 03, 2020 near Gruenheide, Germany. Musk is currently in Germany where he met with vaccine maker CureVac on Tuesday, with which Tesla has a cooperation to build devices for producing RNA vaccines, as well as German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier yesterday.
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Twitter owner Elon Musk warned during an interview this week that U.S. policymakers should take China’s threats of taking over Taiwan “seriously” because the communist nation is not kidding around when it comes to its intent to do so.

Musk made the remarks during an interview with CNBC’s David Faber when asked if he was concerned about “the growing belligerence between China and the U.S.”

“I think that should be a concern for everyone,” Musk responded.

When asked if he thinks China is going to make a move to take control of Taiwan, Musk responded, “The official policy of China is that Taiwan should be integrated. One does not need to read between the lines, one can certainly read the lines.”

Musk said that the move would not be good for “any company in the world.”

“Also no one really realizes that the Chinese economy and the rest of the global economy are like conjoined twins, it would be like trying to separate conjoined twins,” he said. “That’s the severity of the situation. It’s actually worse for a lot of other companies than it is for Tesla. I mean, I’m not sure where you’re gonna get an iPhone, for example. And Apple’s recently started doing some sort of small amount of production in India, but it’s tiny.”

When Faber mentioned that it seemed like it was Musk’s belief that China trying to gain control of Taiwan was “likely to happen,” Musk responded, “I’m simply saying that that is their policy. And I think you should take their word seriously. They mean it.”



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