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Indian-American US presidential candidate reacts to Elon Musk’s China visit: ‘It’s deeply concerning’

The interests of the United States and China are intertwined like conjoined twins, the Chinese government cited the Tesla chief as saying during his ongoing visit to the Asian nation.

Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By: Shubham Ghosh

Vivek Ramaswamy, an Indian American leader of the Republican Party who is also running for next year’s presidential elections, has expressed concerns over Tesla chief Elon Musk’s discussions with Chinese ministers on his first trip to the Asian nation in more than three years.

The 37-year-old Ramaswamy, whose parents had migrated to the US from the southern Indian state of Kerala, accused China of using prominent business leaders from the US to “advance their agenda”.

Musk announced during an audience with China’s foreign minister Qin Gang earlier this week that he would expand his business in the Asian country. He also praised China’s “vitality and promise”.

In a statement, the Chinese government cited Musk as saying that he “opposes decoupling” of the US and China, the world’s two largest economies, and added that the interests of Washington and Beijing are intertwined like conjoined twins.

The interests of the United States and China are intertwined like conjoined twins, the Chinese government cited him as saying.

Ramaswamy called Musk’s remarks “deeply concerning”.

He said, “It’s deeply concerning that Elon Musk met with China’s foreign minister yesterday to oppose decoupling and referred to the U.S. & Communist China as “conjoined twins.” Tesla’s VP in China reposted that statement on Weibo in China, but curiously not here in the US.”

The GOP leader also said that prominent US businessmen driving Beijing’s agenda tilt the scales in its favour.

“That tilts the global scales of perception in China’s favor – and sadly, it’s working. The US needs leaders who aren’t in China’s pocket, yet Biden is just another embodiment of that same problem,” he said in a tweet.

The Tesla chief’s first visit to China in three years comes as the company faces strong competition from Chinese-manufactured electric vehicles and some uncertainty about expansion plans for a plant in Shanghai.

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