Recent photos from China revealed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a busy day following his performance at the opening segments of the World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai in 2019. Following his free-spirited AI debate with Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Musk visited the Gigafactory website 3 in the Lingang industrial area, before meeting Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang for a talk on Tesla's initiatives in China.
Elon Musk's visit to the Gigafactory 3 site appears to have been a welcome change of pace for future plant workers, who seemed to appreciate the presence of Tesla CEO. Details of Musk's visit to the Shanghai-based electric car production facility have not been shared by local news sites yet, but social media reports from Shanghai stated that Tesla CEO was extremely pleased with the progress of Gigafactory 3's construction.
After his visit to the Gigafactory 3 complex, Musk met with Li Qiang, the secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee. During their conversation, authorities emphasized that Tesla and Gigafactory 3 are welcome grants to Shanghai as they will bring new products and innovations to the city. Li also mentioned that Shanghai wants to build a highland for AI development in the future.
Musk, for his part, proved equally optimistic and grateful for China's support of Tesla. While talking to WAIC in 201
After his busy Thursday, it appeared that Musk had flown to China's capital on Friday, as evidenced by photos showing Tesla's CEO having lunch at a famous Baozi (stuffed bun) restaurant in Beijing. Interestingly, the restaurant is very close to the Beijing office of the National Development and Reform Commission (发改委), which handles the country's extensive financial projects.
Apart from Elon Musk's appearance at the World AI Conference in 2019 and his visit to the Gigafactory 3 complex, Tesla CEO is also expected to launch The Boring Company's China unit on this particular China tour. More details about this initiative are likely to be shared from local news agencies, or on social media platforms, in the coming days.