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Elon Musk: Taiwan should be integrated

By Zhao Manfeng | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2023-05-18 09:30

File photo of SpaceX, Twitter and Tesla CEO Elon Musk on May 15, 2023. [Photo/Agencies ]

"The official policy of China is that Taiwan should be integrated. One does not need to read between the lines," said Elon Musk in an interview on Tuesday following Tesla's annual shareholder meeting, when the reporter asked Musk a question on Taiwan.

This is not the first time that Musk expressed his views on Taiwan. 

Back in October of last year, Musk told the Financial Times in an interview his own idea of the reunification of Taiwan, saying: "My recommendation … would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably palatable, probably won't make everyone happy … And it's possible, and I think probably, in fact, that they could have an arrangement that's more lenient than Hong Kong."

Commenting on Musk's remark in a briefing on October 8 of last year, China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning said the "Taiwan question is China's internal affair".

"China's position on resolving the Taiwan question is consistent and clear. We remain committed to the basic principle of peaceful reunification and 'one country, two systems,'" she said. "At the same time, we will resolutely defeat attempts to pursue the 'Taiwan independence' separatist agenda, push back interference by external forces, and safeguard our sovereignty and territorial integrity."

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