Fearing that Tesla’s cars might spy, China banned them for two months at a CCP meeting.

Elona Muska’s cars have been banned from entering Tesla in Beidaihe, China, for the next two months because of a wiretapping during a Chinese Communist Party summit.

The city of Beidai in northeastern China has long been the site of a secret meeting of China’s top officials every summer.

As mentioned, the restriction will take effect on July 1. Regarding the reason for the decision, local police said the ban on Tesla cars was related to “national issues”.

A few weeks ago, it was decided not to allow Tesla cars on certain highways in Chengdu, and now it was decided to do the same in Beidaihe. The ban was introduced just as Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the city center.

However, the Chengdu ban was not initially made public; it only became known after shots appeared on social networks in which authorities moved Tesla cars from certain locations. In response, Musk said the company did not use the cameras “to spy on China.”

However, the response has not stopped government bodies from banning employees from parking their Tesla cars.

Following these events, Tesla announced that it would retain all data obtained in China on site. A few months later, the company set up a new data center in the country for this purpose, but this did not seem to allay concerns.

Last year, the People’s Liberation Army issued an order banning Tesla owners from parking their vehicles in bases and building complexes.

The concern is thought to have been related to Tesla’s use of cameras located around its vehicles where data was obtained.

Tesla and the Chinese government have enjoyed a good relationship, reaching an agreement that made the American automotive giant the first foreign automaker to own the entire car plant in China without forming a joint venture with a state-owned company.

China is now one of the carmaker’s main markets and manufacturing sites.

Tesla’s Shanghai plant produced approximately 936,000 vehicles, which in 2021 were delivered worldwide by a U.S. automaker. However, the harsh suspension of Covid-19 in Shanghai in recent months has slowed production.

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