Elon Musk received praise from Qin Gang, China's
ambassador to the United States for his proposal to establish a special administrative
region for Taiwan.
Gang, commended Musk for the idea and stated on Twitter that the "one nation, two systems" concept is a fundamental tenet for "resolving the Taiwan question."
The ambassador of China to the United States, Qin Gang, commended Musk for the idea and stated on Twitter that the "one nation, two systems" concept is a fundamental tenet for "resolving the Taiwan question."
Mao Ning, a spokesman for the foreign ministry, confirmed those statements hours later.
Taiwan can embrace a significant level of autonomy as a "special administrative region" as long as national sovereignty, security, and development interests are protected, she told reporters during a routine briefing on Sunday.
However, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States rebuked Musk, declaring that Taiwan's "freedom and democracy are not for sale."
Musk proposed that tensions between China and Taiwan could be settled by giving Beijing some control of Taiwan. He was responding to a comment regarding China, the country where his electric car business Tesla (TSLA.O) has sizable manufacturing.
In a Saturday tweet thread, the Chinese ambassador wrote: "I would like to thank @elonmusk for his call for peace across the Taiwan Strait and his idea about establishing a special administrative zone for Taiwan."
"Actually, Peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems are our basic principles for resolving the Taiwan question ... and the best approach to realizing national reunification," he added.
"Provided that China's sovereignty, security, and development interests are guaranteed, after reunification Taiwan will enjoy a high degree of autonomy as a special administrative region, and a vast space for development," the ambassador wrote.
Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan's de facto ambassador to the United States tweeted on Saturday that: "Taiwan sells many products, but our freedom and democracy are not for sale." Adding that any long-term "proposal for our future must be determined peacefully, free from coercion", and with respect for the democratic aspirations of the Taiwanese people.
Musk was addressing a comment regarding China, the country where his electric car business Tesla (TSLA) has sizable manufacturing.
Beijing, which regards Taiwan as one of its regions, has long promised to annex Taiwan and hasn't ruled out using force to achieve this. The 23 million residents of the island, who are democratically governed, reject China's claims to sovereignty and insist that only they can choose the future of the island.
In Taiwan, there is growing opposition to any kind of rapprochement with Beijing, particularly in light of the Chinese Communist Party's draconian assault on the opposition in Hong Kong.
All of Taiwan's major political parties have rejected China's "one nation, two systems" model of autonomy, which is comparable to that of Hong Kong, and it receives very little support from the public, particularly after Beijing enacted a strict National Security Law in Hong Kong in 2020.
One of the riskiest factors affecting US-China relations is the sovereignty conflict over Taiwan. American lawmakers are increasingly calling for a pledge to intervene if Beijing takes military action.