Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, has reportedly been granted special privileges by the Chinese government to open a factory in China. This relationship has raised concerns among critics that Musk could be vulnerable to influence from Beijing. The New York Times reported on Musk’s close ties with the Chinese government, which included concessions such as low-interest loans and changes in ownership rules to facilitate a factory in Shanghai in 2019.

The factory in China now accounts for more than half of Tesla’s global shipments, making the company increasingly reliant on low manufacturing costs in China’s competitive electric vehicle market. As China builds its own strong electric vehicle industry, Tesla faces challenges. Musk’s close relationship with China has also raised concerns among US lawmakers, particularly in light of his ownership of SpaceX, a satellite company with valuable contracts with the Pentagon.

Musk is known to express pro-China views on controversial issues, such as Taiwan, and has praised the country’s leaders. Despite these allegations made by the New York Times, there has been no official comment from Tesla, SpaceX or Musk on this matter. Business Insider reached out to these companies for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.

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