On June 8th, General Secretary Xi Jinping inspected Yongfeng Village and Sansu Temple in Taihe Town, Dongpo District, in Meishan City, Sichuan Province.
Netizens said the local police took measures to prevent Tesla electric vehicles from entering Chengdu, Sichuan’s capital.
According to ET, netizens said that the police diverted traffic from Shudu Avenue and the First Ring Road that day, and other cars could enter Chengdu through the above two roads, but Tesla electric cars could not.
The Wall Street Journal reported in March last year, citing people familiar with the matter, that Chinese authorities were restricting the use of Tesla vehicles by employees of government agencies and key state-owned enterprises.
Explaining this move, they cite concerns that data collected by Tesla vehicles could lead to the leakage of national security information.
The restrictions also apply to all employees of sensitive state-owned companies such as military installations, government agencies, and aerospace companies.
In a related development, Brandon Weichert, a space expert, was cited by ET on June 8th, saying that Elon Musk’s Starlink makes the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) “nervous.”
According to Wichert, one of the reasons why CCP or other U.S. adversaries fear Starlink is that this satellite system is capable of fending off large-scale attacks. This makes it difficult for the enemy to destroy America’s space infrastructure.
Weichert pointed out that one sign showing that the CCP is scared of Starlink is that the CCP complained to the UN that the Chinese Space Station “Tiangong” had to find a way to avoid a collision with Starlink twice.
Weichert also said that Starlink has cyber-defense capabilities that seemed impressive even to defense specialists at the Pentagon.
Therefore, if China’s military attempted a cyber-attack on Starlink’s onboard operating systems, Weichert says, it “would be in for a very rude awakening.”