Musk says Beijing doesn’t want him to sell Starlink in China: FT report

Elon Musk told the FT that Beijing does not want him to sell its Starlink satellite internet service in China. In this photo, Musk talks about Starlink at Mobile World Congress in June 2021.

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BEIJING — Elon Musk told Financial Times the Chinese government does not want him to sell his Starlink satellite internet service in China.

“Musk says Beijing has made clear its disapproval of his recent deployment of Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite communications system, in Ukraine to help the military circumvent Russia’s shutdown of the Internet,” the newspaper said in its latest “Lunch with the FT” column published on Friday.

“He says Beijing sought assurances that he would not sell Starlink in China,” the article said.

The FT did not say whether Musk agreed to Beijing’s request. The business leader, who is the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

Musk’s electric car giant Tesla relies on China for more than 20% of its revenue and has a large factory in Shanghai.

In contrast to the US and other countries’ condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year, China has refused to call the attack an invasion.

In recent years, China has placed greater emphasis on building its own technology, including in space travel.

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Domestic telecom giants, such as China mobile and Huawei, have helped China achieve one of the highest deployments of 5G internet in the world.

Besides, China completed its own satellite communications system, Beidou, in 2020. The system competes with the US government-owned GPS or Global Positioning System.

China’s Ministry of Commerce and Ministry of Industry and Information Technology did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment.

The FT said Musk expects Tesla to be caught up in an “inevitable” conflict over Taiwan but will still be able to deliver to customers in China.

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Beijing considers the democratically self-governing island part of its territory and has repeatedly declared its goal of peaceful reunification.

Musk said his recommendation “would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that’s reasonably palatable, probably not going to make everyone happy,” the FT reported.

Asked to respond to Musk’s recommendation from Taiwan, a spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China said: “We remain committed to the basic principle of peaceful reunification and One Country, Two Systems, and aim to work with the utmost sincerity and efforts to achieve peaceful reunion”

“At the same time, we will resolutely defeat attempts to pursue the separatist agenda of ‘Taiwan independence’, push back the interference of external forces and protect our sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the spokesman said Saturday at a regular press briefing.

Qin Gang, China’s Ambassador to the United States, thanked Musk for the idea in a tweet.

Read the entire FT interview here.

— CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal contributed to this report.

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