Elon Musk’s Latest Lineup Changes Make Tesla More Upscale

Gladys Abbott
January 12, 2019

He also criticised how the news media had covered Musk and called him a close friend.

Tesla boss Elon Musk has been offered a "green card", China said on Thursday, a privilege enjoyed by an elite group of foreigners, including several Nobel laureates and a former National Basketball Association star.

"I love China and want to come here more often", Musk said, according to a transcript of the meeting, which took place Wednesday.

Li then responded, "If you do, we can issue you a Chinese green card".

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If he really does receive his Chinese green card, Musk will join the likes of Nobel Prize-winning chemist Kurt Wuethrich, Nobel Prize-winning chemist Feringa Bernard Lucas, and, of course, basketball star Stephon Marbury. The plant will be the first wholly foreign-owned auto factory in the country. In 2016, around 10,000 were awarded to foreign nationals.

"I hope to build Tesla's Shanghai factory into a global example", Musk told Li, according to a readout.

If Musk were to obtain one, he would join the ranks of esteemed figures such 2016 Nobel-Prize winning chemist Bernard Feringa, and former National Basketball Association all-star (and CBA legend) Stephon Marbury. -China trade war, Li even said he hoped Musk could help stabilize relations. The men were at Zhongnanhai - the former imperial garden in Beijing that is home to the headquarters of the Communist Party and the government - two days after Tesla broke ground at its Gigafactory 3 project in Shanghai, its first production base outside the United States.

The so-called Gigafactory is China's first wholly foreign-owned vehicle plant, a reflection of China's broader shift to open up its auto market, even amid a trade war with the United States which has seen a rise in tariffs on cars imported from the U.S.

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