Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk earlier this month created headlines by suggesting new referendums and a “neutral” Ukraine. Unconcerned about the widespread criticism on his geopolitical instincts, Musk a couple of days later went ahead to put forward a recommendation in which Taiwan is incorporated into China as a “special administrative zone”, with a “more lenient arrangement” than Hong Kong.
This week’s cartoon by Niklas “@Kludd-Niklas” Eriksson here on Kinamedia portrays space entrepreneur Elon Musk gravitating towards a red planet that is not Mars, but Xi Jinping’s own planet where money is replacing any notion of a democratic Taiwan.
As if by coincidence, two of Tesla’s models announced a comeback to the Chinese market just a few days later, together with new tax exemptions for the company.
Regardless of new models and tax breaks, Elon Musk already had more than enough incentives to nurture his relation with the Chinese regime. Last year, half of the close to a million vehicles delivered by Tesla was produced in China.
And the production in China is expected to rise, as Tesla recently finished an upgrade to its Shanghai facilities.
This week’s cartoon can be viewed in full size via here.
A full collection of Kludd-Niklas’ works for Kinamedia can be seen via this link.