Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy called out Elon Musk and other American CEOs for catering to communist-controlled China for economic gain.
In a statement, Ramaswamy took issue with Musk’s recent meeting with China’s Foreign Minister, Qin Gang, who released a statement praising the CEO for his support of Chinese business relations. In response, Tesla Vice President Grace Tao relayed Gang’s statement on the CCP-controlled social media platform Weibo. Ramaswamy said that Elon Musk allowed himself to become a geopolitical pawn of the CCP along with other CEOs.
“Elon Musk’s recent comments are part of a broader pattern of U.S. CEOs pandering to the Chinese Communist Party in return for favorable access to the Chinese market,” Ramaswamy said. “This is how the CCP turns American companies and executives into geopolitical pawns: the CCP dangles business benefits in return for prominent corporate executives speaking out and behaving in a manner that advances CCP objectives globally.”