On May 30, 2023, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Qin Gang met with Chief Executive Officer of Tesla Elon Musk in Beijing.
Qin Gang said that the Chinese people are advancing the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation on all fronts through a Chinese path to modernization. Chinese modernization is the modernization of a huge population, common prosperity for all, and harmony between humanity and nature, and will create unprecedented growth potential and market demand, thus providing broad prospects for the development of China's new energy vehicle industry. China will continue to firmly advance high-standard opening up and remain committed to fostering a better market-oriented, law-based and internationalized business environment for Tesla and other enterprises of all countries. China's development is an opportunity for the world. A sound, steady and constructive China-US relationship will benefit both China and the United States and the larger world. Using Tesla's car as an analogy, Qin said that promoting sound China-US relations is like driving a car. Both sides need to hold the steering wheel and move the relations forward in the right direction of mutual respect, peaceful coexistence and win-win cooperation as proposed by President Xi Jinping, “hit the brakes” in time to avoid "dangerous driving", and "step on the gas" at the right time to advance mutually beneficial cooperation.
Elon Musk said that with the hardworking and talented people, China's development makes perfect sense. The interests of the United States and China are interlinked, like conjoined twins inseparable from each other. Tesla is opposed to decoupling and cutting off supply chains, and is ready to continuously expand business in China and share in the China's development opportunities.