Tesla Inc. Chief Executive Elon Musk said China is still adjusting to its emerging role as one of the world’s most powerful countries.
“There are a lot of people in the government in China who kind of grew up…with China being a small economy and maybe who feel like China was pushed around a lot. They haven’t fully appreciated the fact that China really is going to be the big kid on the block,” Mr. Musk said late Monday at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit.
“If you’re going to be the big kid on the block, then you really need to be pretty chill about things,” he said.
The Tesla chief, who is often critical of U.S. authorities, including President Biden, has emerged as a high-profile cheerleader of China’s Communist Party. He said the company has a good relationship with China, home to Tesla’s largest vehicle factory by output.
“I don’t mean to endorse everything China does any more than I would, say, endorse everything the United States does, or any country,” Mr. Musk said.