Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter and Tesla, engaged in a war of words with former Trump strategist Steve Bannon after Bannon called Musk a “phony” who is owned by the Chinese Communist Party.
Bannon accused Musk of never going after the CCP, who he claims is in bed with Musk. Musk responded by calling Bannon “evil.”
In February, a Chinese Communist Party-owned news outlet warned Musk to stop promoting the Wuhan lab leak theory.
I used to think Bannon was smart & evil, but now I realize I was wrong about the first part— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 11, 2023
The outlet, Global Times, accused Musk of “breaking the pot of China” and suggested his tweets were slanderous and hostile to China.
Global Times warned Musk about his China-related tweets and attacked him for potentially hurting investment in the country. China is Tesla’s second-largest market, and the company has a significant factory campus in Shanghai.
The warning from Global Times comes as Chinese officials are pulling out all the stops to attract foreign investment into the country.
President Xi Jinping has called for greater efforts to attract more foreign capital and investment.
The warning to Musk from Global Times was likely an attempt to protect China’s image and prevent any negative impact on foreign investment.
Musk made headlines when he accused Anthony Fauci, the former Chief Medical Advisor to President Biden, of funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.
Musk alleged that Fauci funded gain-of-function “via a pass-through organization (EcoHealth).”
In response to a tweet that reported the U.S. Energy Department’s Wuhan lab theory, Musk sarcastically acted surprised and wrote, “What!? No way.”
In summary, Elon Musk has been caught up in the controversy surrounding his tweets about the Wuhan lab leak theory and his relationship with the Chinese Communist Party.
Despite warnings from a Chinese Communist Party-owned news outlet, Musk has continued to speak out on the issue, accusing Anthony Fauci of funding gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab.
The controversy has led to a war of words between Musk and Steve Bannon, with Musk calling Bannon “evil.”