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“The World Has Never Seen Human Energy and Vigor at Such Scale” – Elon Musk in China


Tesla and SpaceX founder and all-round “big ideas” man Elon Musk has just wrapped up a three-day visit to China where he met with officials in Beijing and confirmed a deal for Tesla’s first foreign factory in Shanghai (albeit without saying how much it’ll all cost).

Chinese social media featured many a Musk-sighting as he toured around dropping hyperbole, making nice with his hosts and eating a greasy jianbing pancake.


Elon Musk is Building a Tesla Factory in Shanghai

Never one for understatement, here was his take on the trip:

Sounds great Elon! Just going to leave this here:

Of course, Mr Musk is far from the first American tech entrepreneur to jet into China for 72 hours and pen a love letter to the country. Really far.

Take Y Combinator President Sam Altman talking about how he’s “more comfortable discussing controversial ideas in Beijing than in San Francisco”, or Sequoia Capital Chairman Mike Moritz arguing (paywall) that “Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead” after a short stopover in the country.

Maybe we should be grateful Musk’s China musings have only been in tweet form thus far.

All of which is very nice, but we know what you’re thinking: “show us the jianbing photo”. Well alright:

Note he put his tie on for jianbing eating, not for Chinese official meeting

Inevitably, the race is already on on Weibo to track down which jianbing stall he went to. Expect them to be serving up “Teslabing” by the weekend.

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