Musk has rebuffed those fears, insisting that if the electric car company was used to spy by any nation it could be shut down. “There’s a very strong incentive for us to be very confidential with any information,” he told a prominent Chinese forum.
Dan Ives, an analyst at investment firm Wedbush, says: “With a brewing Cold Tech War between the US and China, Tesla remains caught in the crossfire.”
Experts and veterans of the Chinese auto industry say Musk will need to work hard to ensure his automotive behemoth does not become an inverse case of Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that has had its ambitions battered by similar security concerns from the US government.
“If I’m Tesla, I would find it disconcerting,” says Michael Dunne, head of the Chinese-focused automotive consultancy ZoZo Go, who lived and worked in China from 1990 to 2016. He describes the move