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Musk’s Links to US Military a Risk For Tesla in China – FT

China is concerned about Elon Musk’s ties to the US military and the role his satellites could play in a war in Asia, which means Tesla’s access to the Chinese market could be at risk


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Elon Musk's SpaceX, under an earlier experimental FCC licence, has been testing Starlink terminals on Gulfstream jets and US military aircraft. File photo: Reuters.

 

Elon Musk’s intervention in the war in Ukraine – by rushing a load of Starlink satellite kits to boost the country’s internet network when it was under attack from the Russian army – won praise from the US military, but it caused “significant alarm in China,” according to a report by the Financial Times.

China’s military fears thousands of Starlink satellites “being deployed to conduct surveillance of China, or more sensitively, support Taiwan” as Beijing has become aware that low-earth orbit satellites can bolster communication systems during war, the report said, adding that this could mean security and data hawks looking at Musk’s access to the world’s biggest consumer market.

Read the full report: The FT.

 

 

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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