Elon Musk Launches Tesla Showroom in China, Despite Uyghur Genocide Allegations

Tesla has launched its first showroom in Xinjiang, China.

The electric vehicle company launched the store on December 31st, just one week after President Biden signed a law banning the importation of products or items tied to the Uyghur region.

The reason behind the ban is over accusations of the Chinese government conducting strategic genocides against the Muslims of the Uyghur community.

China is Happy

Elon Musk successfully made China very happy.

The company made the announcement of the new showroom on the top Chinese social media website, Weibo. Elon Musk has invested heavily in China; he praised the Chinese Communist Party in the process.

Interestingly enough, even as Elon Musk is fraternizing with America’s enemy, the US is still relying on Elon’s SpaceX to launch astronauts and satellites into space.

According to the post on Weibo, China announced the new showroom is opened in Urumqi, the capital of the Xinjiang region, where Uyghur Muslims are being persecuted.

In addition, one of the pictures of the Weibo post reads that Tesla loves Xinxiang.

Elon Musk Doesn’t Care About the Genocide in Uyghur

The development confirms that Elon Musk and Tesla do not care about human rights, as it is bad enough to open a showroom in China. To even open a showroom in the same region where genocide is happening is shameful.

In December, Elon Musk had an interview at the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. He was then asked about his thoughts on China.

Elon Musk replied that China has every chance to have an economy up to three times larger than that of the US. He also added that Tesla has a fantastic relationship with China.

However, Musk was quick to add he doesn’t have any intentions of endorsing actions from China, the same way he doesn’t want to do the same with America or any other country.

Earlier in June, when the Chinese Communist Party was celebrating its 100th anniversary, the Tesla boss tweeted to his 60 million+ Twitter followers that the economic gains of China are remarkable. He also implored his followers to visit the country.

Tesla is growing in China, as SEC filings show the company increased its revenue to $6.66 billion in 2020 from $1.76 billion in 2018. In addition, Tesla also sold close to 53,000 made-in-China vehicles in November 2021.

Investments in China will also continue, as Tesla secured a $1.4 billion loan to develop a Gigafactory in Shanghai, China. As Tesla investments continue in China, the US is cracking down on Chinese companies complicit in the persecution of Uyghur Muslims.

President Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act late in December. In addition, many Chinese companies were also blacklisted, due to involvement in the crimes against humanity in Uyghur.