Elon Musk met China’s Foreign Minister Qin Gang in Beijing on Tuesday, the ministry said, on the Tesla CEO’s first trip to the country since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
China is the world’s biggest electric vehicle market, and Tesla announced in April it would build a second massive factory in Shanghai.
Qin told Musk that China was “committed to creating a better market-oriented, rule-of-law-based and internationalised business environment” for foreign enterprises, his ministry said on its website.
The statement also quoted Musk as saying: “Tesla opposes ‘decoupling and breaking chains’, and is willing to continue to expand its business in China”.
Musk’s ties to China have raised eyebrows in Washington, with US President Joe Biden saying in November that the executive’s links to foreign countries were “worthy” of scrutiny.
Qin and Musk spoke about relations between China and the United States, with Qin saying the two countries should “apply the brakes in a timely manner to avoid dangerous driving”, according to the readout.