Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk caused a stir on Twitter after he tweeted his support for the nation on the 100th anniversary of his communist rule.
Musk responded to a tweet from one of the Chinese state-affiliated media that quoted nation leader Xi Jinping as speaking about the nation’s prosperity.
Musk said, “The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.
While it may seem like a pretty innocent tweet at first glance, some critics have hit back at the billionaire expressing support for the Communist regime.
One user hit back at Musk, saying, “Should we also commend them for their torture, subjugation, and forced indoctrination of minority populations?”
Even Taiwanese politicians have spoken out against Musk’s tweet with the Taiwanese New Power Party referring to the so-called concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang region.
“Maybe Mr. Musk should visit Xinjiang and see the re-education camp for yourself,” the party replied.
What is the relevance of the centenary?
Musk’s tweet landed on the 100th anniversary of the Communist Party regime in which Xi gave a public speech on the country’s prosperity.
China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide, against the Uyghur people.
During this speech, Xi also referred to the trade wars between the United States and more recently Australia.
“We Chinese are a people who stand up for justice and are not intimidated by threats of force. As a nation, we have a strong sense of pride and confidence. We have never intimidated, oppressed or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will, ”Xi said.
“Likewise, we will never allow any foreign force to intimidate, oppress or subjugate us. Anyone attempting to do so would find themselves on a collision course with a large wall of steel forged by more than 1.4 billion Chinese. “