The richest man in the world had already angered Kiev with his peace proposal.
After angering the Ukrainians over his proposal for peace with Russia, Elon Musk provokes the ire of Taiwan by assuming control of China on the island, similar to Hong Kong. Interviewed by the Financial Times, the richest man in the world suggested that the solution for Taiwan would be “a special administrative zone, which is reasonably acceptable”, with a “more amiable agreement than in Hong Kong”.
His proposal, without giving any further details, came out when asked about the effect on his Tesla factory in Shanghai of a possible conflict, which the billionaire later said he considered “inevitable”. The reactions from Taiwan, the Guardian said, were immediate and unanimous, uniting the entire political spectrum in indignation.
“Freedom and democracy are not for sale” – replied Hsiao Bi-khim, Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to the United States. – “Any lasting proposal for our future must be determined peacefully, free from coercion, and respectful of the democratic wishes of the people of Taiwan.” Musk’s proposal means “one country, two systems. I cannot accept it,” said former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou, referring to the formula used by China to govern Hong Kong. A formula that is certainly not a guarantee, given Beijing’s repression against the democratic movement in the former British colony. Musk “is hungry for the Chinese market”, commented former minister Lin Chia-lung, accusing the billionaire of “dealing with the devil”.
Meanwhile, the only positive comment comes from the Chinese ambassador to the United States, Qin Gang: “A peaceful reunification and ‘one country and two systems’ are the basic principles for resolving the Taiwan issue”. China sees Taiwan as a rebellious province that must be unified with the motherland.
Musk aided the Ukrainians by making his Starlink system available to him for communications after the Russian attack. But on October 3, he angered everyone in Kiev by voting on his peace proposal on Twitter, which included ceding Crimea to Russia. and the repetition of referendums in the areas annexed by Moscow. Only the Kremlin liked the idea.