Tesla drivers in China will soon be barred from entering the coastal district of Beidaihe, the area where leaders of the Chinese Communist Party will gather for their annual meeting, according to police.
The ban will take effect on July 1 and last for at least two months, an official at the Beidaihe Traffic Police Brigade told Reuters on Monday. The police officer, who did not give his name, said that the ban on Tesla cars applied to “national affairs”[ads1]; without further explanation.
Located in northeastern China, Beidaihe has traditionally hosted a secret annual summer conclave behind China’s behind closed doors.
The decision to ban Tesla cars in Beidaihe comes just weeks after Tesla cars were banned from driving on certain roads in Chengdu. The ban coincided with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the central city.
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The ban in Chengdu was not officially announced and only came to light after videos of police redirecting Tesla cars from certain areas appeared on social media.
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China is one of the car manufacturer’s largest markets as well as production sites. Tesla’s Shanghai plant made around the 936,000 vehicles the American carmaker delivered globally in 2021. In recent months, production has been curbed by Shanghai’s draconian COVID-19 shutdown.