Government buildings open their doors to Tesla, which was banned, and Tesla becomes a “domestic car,” shocking internet users

The Jiangsu provincial government procurement website revealed that Tesla’s smart electric vehicles are included in the vehicle procurement catalog for provincial party and government agencies, public institutions and organizations. The government also stated that Tesla is a “domestic car,” and many places had previously restricted Tesla from entering government facilities due to its “potential risk.” Patriotic netizens were shocked.

The Jiangsu Provincial Government Procurement Website has released information that the “Announcement on the 2024-2025 New Energy Vehicle Framework Agreement Procurement Finalist Projects for Jiangsu Provincial Party and Government Agencies, Businesses and Mass Organizations (III)” has been released recently. Tesla Model Y has been included in the Jiangsu Provincial Government’s new energy vehicle procurement catalog. The price of the model is 249,900 yuan, which is higher than the price of the other 20 domestic cars on the final list, up to twice as much.

Regarding the Jiangsu Provincial Government’s inclusion of Tesla, originally produced in the United States and now assembled in China, in the list of vehicles purchased by Party and government agencies and public institutions, current affairs commentator Cai Shenkun said in an interview with our Bureau on Friday (5th) that although the decision seems unreasonable, it serves the interests of the Chinese authorities and is a win-win for both sides. “Tesla’s entry into China has driven the development of Chinese electric vehicles, so we now want to make Tesla a breakthrough,” he said. “Without Tesla’s Shanghai factory, there would be no complete supply chain for Chinese electric vehicles, and Chinese electric vehicles have emerged as a dark horse.”

Cai Shenkun believes that China’s No. 1 electric vehicle export in the world has a lot to do with Tesla. In the past, China was concerned that the data collected by Tesla would be sent to the United States, but that is no longer the case. He said that China’s electric vehicle development has encountered a technological bottleneck and needs Tesla’s technology to break through, including Tesla’s driverless technology, which China needs. “All of his data in China is within China and is strictly controlled by China. It will not be sent overseas. But now China’s electric vehicles are at a very critical time. It’s a question of driverless driving and intelligent computing.”

Jiangsu province calls Tesla a “domestic car”

According to the Hongxing Daily, on July 4, a project official from the Jiangsu Provincial Government Procurement Center confirmed to reporters that Tesla had been shortlisted in the relevant procurement catalog. According to the Official Gazette, the Jiangsu Provincial Government Procurement Center told reporters that Tesla had applied for the procurement voluntarily, and the procurement center recognized Tesla’s eligibility based on two aspects: parameters and price. The staff also said that Tesla is a domestic product.

Many netizens are confused by the Jiangsu provincial government’s decision to open the door to Tesla. Some patriotic netizens are looking for reasons to boycott Tesla, but they find it hard to understand. One netizen said that Tesla is a wholly owned company, not a joint venture, so how can it be called a domestic car? Before, it was said that Tesla could not enter the market, but now the government has bought Tesla and is calling a wholly foreign-owned car a domestic car. This is too bad.

In an interview with the bureau, commentator Guo Min said that China’s policy towards foreign-invested enterprises is determined by economic and political needs. Currently, Tesla’s electric vehicles are allowed to be listed in the government procurement catalog, but Tesla may be restricted again in the future. Tesla’s future in the Chinese market is full of uncertainty. Guo said, “They do things according to the needs of the situation and take certain actions and decisions. This is also the starting point of their actions. Maintaining the stability of the situation takes precedence over everything. At that time, they were wary of Tesla because of the needs of the situation at that time. There is no need to be wary now, but I think this is a temporary measure. I don’t know when they will ban Tesla again.”

Du Wen, a former legal adviser to the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region government, believes China’s partial lifting of restrictions on Tesla cars is more a matter of form than substance and is largely symbolic. “The policy contradicts Xi Jinping’s overall concept of national security and will probably be difficult to implement. If Tesla is used for official business, there will be no secrets in China,” he told the station.

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The bureau reported that government agencies in Zhejiang Province, Beijing, Wuhan and other cities will ban Tesla cars from entering their facilities starting in 2022. Jiangxi Provincial Radio and Television Station issued a notice banning smart connected cars manufactured by foreign-invested (holding) companies, such as Tesla, from entering its work area. Many community parking lots followed suit, boycotting Tesla.

In April of this year, Tesla CEO Musk was invited to Beijing to meet with President Xi Jinping, which significantly changed the fate of Tesla cars in China. On April 28, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers issued a notice stating that Tesla’s electric cars meet four compliance requirements for automotive data security. Tesla also reached an agreement with Baidu on autonomous driving mapping. At this point, Tesla’s vision of developing driverless cars in China has entered the actual operational stage.

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