Chinese state-run media cautioned Tesla CEO Elon Musk that he may risk breaking his relations with China by retweeting about a low-confidence opinion given by US government regarding Covid’s origin at a Wuhan laboratory.
In advance of a congressional hearing on China, this warning arrives following the downing of an espionage balloon from Beijing that caused heightened tensions between the U.S. and Chinese governments.
The Chinese government-owned newspaper issued a stern warning to Tesla CEO Elon Musk for sharing stories about the US Department of Energy’s “low confidence” opinion that the global Covid pandemic originated from a laboratory in Wuhan.
On Tuesday morning, CNBC’s Eunice Yoon reported on the cautionary statement from Global Times’ social media pages. The English-language subsidiary of the government-controlled People’s Daily warned Elon Musk he could be “breaking the pot of China” after making a comment in response to tweets that suggested Covid began in a Wuhan research laboratory.
Yoon stated that the phrase is similar to the proverb “to bite the hand that feeds you.” Tesla’s large production facility in Shanghai, as well as China being their second largest market demonstrates this saying perfectly.
The Department of Energy concluded that Covid most likely began in a Wuhan laboratory with “low confidence.” However, those familiar with the matter have expressed to NBC News that this conclusion is not considered highly significant. A similar finding was also reached by FBI at a “moderate confidence” level during 2021.
After a lengthy period of country-wide lockdowns due to Covid, which resulted in protests across China, the governing Chinese Communist Party has become extremely conscientious as it seeks foreign investment. As Yoon reported, this matter is taken seriously by those in power.
When approached for comment, Musk was inaccessible.