Reuters reported that Elon Musk got rock star treatment in China, being greeted by top ministers from the Chinese government’s foreign affairs, commerce, and industry departments.
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Elon Musk received a 5-star welcome during a surprise trip to China as the nation heaped praise on the billionaire, holding him in the same high esteem as business magnate Jack Ma.
Reuters reported that Musk arrived in Beijing by private jet on Tuesday. It was the Tesla and Twitter boss’s first trip to China in three years, making his visit a high-profile affair for members of the public. Musk’s views on electric vehicles and artificial intelligence are of particular interest.
Since arriving, Musk has been called “Brother Ma” and greeted by top ministers from the Chinese government’s foreign, commerce, and industry departments, Reuters reported in a separate article on Wednesday, with social-media users labeling him a “global idol.”
People have also taken to Weibo to make recommendations to Musk on what food he should try during his time in China. A viral poll with more than 13,000 votes, seen by Insider, lists foods including Peking duck, street snack “tang hulu” and mung bean dish “douzhi” as options.
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Posts on social media, seen by Insider, also show how Musk’s menu at a restaurant in Beijing was customized with an image of the Tesla logo and two dark horses accompanied by a Chinese phrase that translates as “the horse that surges ahead of the pack.”
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