Elon Musk wrote a column for a magazine published by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), which is responsible for censoring online content.
In column, Elon Musk celebrates his own businesses – especially SpaceX, Tesla and Neuralink – while placing what he says is “a better future for humanity”.
It does not refer to his current conflict with Twitteran acquisition at which time he justified by how much he values freedom of speech – something that runs against the work of Chinaonline regulator.
The billionaire claims he was invited by the magazine to contribute his “thoughts on the vision of technology and humanity,” including establishing a self-sustaining city on Mars.
“Any sector that contributes to a sustainable future deserves our investment,” he wrote.
“Whether it’s Tesla, Neuralink or SpaceX, these companies were founded with the ultimate goal of enhancing the future of human life and creating as much practical value as possible for the world.
The billionaire has long taken a softer stance towards the Chinese government than those in the US, whom he has repeatedly criticized when their actions conflict with his business interests.
While he described the COVID-19 lockdowns in the US as “fascism”, he kept his mouth shut about similar moves in China, although they are much more draconian and also affect manufacturing in the US. Tesla factories.
Unlike in the US, Musk’s business in China is conducted at Beijing’s discretion.
He is not the only tech mogul trying 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’s good side.
Commenting on the column for Bloomberg News, Kendra Schaefer said: “If Musk doesn’t sit before a congressional committee within a year because he’s passionate about his relationship with China, I’d be surprised.”
When initially explaining the motivation behind his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter – which he is now engaged in a legal battle to give up – Mr Musk said: “Freedom of speech is the foundation of a working democracy, and Twitter is the square of the digital town where issues important to the future of humanity are debated.”
At the time, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos asked if the deal will give China “a bit of leverage” on the platform.