Tesla is a spy?…Stop cars and destroy satellites

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“Stop Tesla’s approach!”

At the site of the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping and at the meeting of the Communist Party’s supreme leadership, Chinese authorities have blocked the passage of Tesla vehicles.

A camera on a Tesla vehicle can collect state secrets and send them to the United States.

In the Chinese military, he is the founder of Tesla.

Some even argue that the satellite Internet system run by Elon Musk should be destroyed.

Correspondent Lee Hae-in from Beijing covered the story.

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A road in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.

The traffic police select a specific vehicle and block it from entering the overpass.

The first car, the second car, and the third car are all Teslas.

A post was also posted on social media saying that Tesla could not enter Chengdu at all on that day.

On the 9th, around the time this video was filmed, President Xi Jinping was scheduled to visit Chengdu.

[CCTV 보도(지난 10일)]

“On the morning of the 9th, President Xi Jinping visited a military base in Chengdu and met with senior officials above the rank of colonel.”

Tesla was also banned from entering the Beidaihe area near Beijing for two months from the 1st of next month.

Here, a secret meeting of the Chinese supreme leadership is held every summer here, and this year, especially, ahead of the fall Communist Party Congress, which will determine President Xi Jinping’s third consecutive term.

This action by the Chinese authorities is because they believe Tesla vehicles can act as a ‘spy’ for hostile forces.

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It’s not just vehicles.

Tesla founder Elon Musk’s satellite internet service ‘Starlink’.

There are currently 2400 satellites, and 42,000 satellites are expected to orbit the Earth over the next decade.

Inside the Chinese military, they are arguing that the satellites should be destroyed, discussing the possibility that these satellites will be used for Chinese surveillance.

Last year, China also restricted the use of Teslas to military personnel and state-owned employees and banned them from entering military facilities.

[일론 머스크/테슬라 창업주(2021년 3월)]

“If Tesla is using vehicles to espionage in China or elsewhere, we will be shut down.”

China accounts for a quarter of Tesla’s worldwide sales.

As tensions between the U.S. and China grow, concerns about Tesla’s growth base are proportional.

This is Lee Hae-in from MBC News in Beijing.

Video coverage: Farewell (Beijing) / Video editing: Lee Jeong-seop / Video source: Weibo

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