Elon Musk remains the single richest individual on the planet at the moment. And despite winning Time‘s 2021 “Person of the Year,” he’s undoubtedly tied to an onslaught of controversies. Some include Tesla’s safety issues surrounding its self-driving features. Previously, Musk also faced heat from the UN as he taunted his potential involvement in solving world hunger; conditionally anyway.
Now, the Tesla CEO faces major heat in the latest news regarding his Beijing-based Tesla showroom.
According to the Daily Mail, Elon Musk has been accused of “economic support for genocide” after opening his latest Tesla showroom in China’s Xinjiang region. The outlet states international agencies and organizations have pegged the Eastern nation for its holding of millions of Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities in detainment camps.
International Groups Respond to Tesla CEO’s Announcement
As per the outlet, Musk’s latest showroom is based at the central location of ongoing international tensions. Various Western nations, including the United States and England, have labeled the treatment of the above-specified minority group as genocide.
Tesla, and Elon Musk, face fire from critical parties following the CEO’s social media announcement. The billionaire wrote, “On the last day of 2021, we meet in Xinjiang. Let’s start Xinjiang’s all-electric journey!”
Elon Musk’s post drew criticism from a host of national and international organizations and groups. One included The Council on American-Islamic Relations. The group urged both Tesla and its CEO to “cease what amounts to economic support for genocide.”
Additionally, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio also to Musk’s post, retaliating on Twitter. Following the announcement, Rubio wrote, “Nationless corporations are helping the Chinese Communist Party cover up genocide and slave labor in the region.”
So far, Tesla nor Elon Musk have made comments in regard to the situation. Currently, Tesla continues to see increased sales in China, with an additional factory operating in Shanghai.
Tesla Secures Elon Musk the Title of World’s Richest Man
For now, we wait to see whether Elon Musk responds to the ongoing controversy coming out of China’s Xinjiang region. Simultaneously, the electric car company has led the billionaire to his current status as the World’s Richest Man.
Tesla sales in China have obviously increased. However, the electric car company has seen success globally.
Overall, Tesla announced it had managed to roll out an impressive 936,000 cars in 2021. And that’s despite the ongoing international computer chip shortage. From 2020, that’s an impressive jump of 87%.
While the feat may seem impossible, Elon Musk shared in July that he and the auto company sidestepped the chip shortage by creating firmware of their own.
Of the endeavor, the Tesla CEO said, “It was an incredibly intense effort of finding new chips, writing new firmware, integrating with the vehicle and testing in order to maintain production.”
Further, while the auto company reported their chip workaround might succeed temporarily, trying to sustain it in the long term may prove difficult.
Nevertheless, based on Tesla’s 2021 output and reports, it appears Elon Musk has little to worry about regarding his title as the World’s Richest Man.