Taiwan Hits Musk Over China Remarks
The foreign minister of Taiwan has directly criticized Elon Musk after the billionaire appeared to suggest that the island was an "integral part of China," much like how Hawaii is part of the United States, as reported by Philippe Naughton in The Daily Beast.
Joseph Wu's rebuke, posted on Musk's own Twitter/X network, followed Musk's appearance at a tech summit in Los Angeles. I Photo: 總統府 Flickr
Joseph Wu's rebuke, posted on Musk's own Twitter/X network, followed Musk's appearance at a tech summit in Los Angeles, where he predicted that "one way or the other," the Chinese were determined to take over Taiwan.
This marks the second time in a week that a nation has criticized Musk for his outspoken statements and for his support of Russia and China, where he once apologized for the poor performance of Tesla cars.
Wu's response was made through the official X/Twitter account of the Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which reposted a clip from Musk's appearance with a strong comment, signed by Wu, emphasizing that X is banned in China and that Taiwan is not part of the People's Republic of China.
Musk faced significant criticism after it was revealed that he had restricted access to his Starlink satellite network near occupied Crimea, hindering Ukrainian efforts to reclaim their territory from Russia's illegal invasion.
Critics argue that this action has cost Ukrainian lives. A senior Ukrainian official responded to this revelation by accusing Musk of "committing evil."
President Vladimir Putin later defended Musk, describing him as an "outstanding person." Musk has been echoing Russian talking points following a conversation with Putin.