Taiwan firmly rejected Elon Musk's recent statements about its status, asserting that the island nation is not for sale and not part of the People's Republic of China (PRC).
The country's foreign minister, Joseph Wu, delivered this message on Musk's social media platform, X, after the billionaire compared Taiwan to Hawaii and suggested it was an integral part of China at a business summit.
Tensions between Taiwan and China have escalated in the past year, with Beijing claiming sovereignty over the self-governed island. China regularly conducts military drills in the vicinity of Taiwan, with recent exercises involving over 40 Chinese military aircraft and about 10 ships in Taiwanese waters.
This is not the first time Elon Musk has stirred controversy with his comments on Taiwan. Last October, he proposed that tensions between China and Taiwan could be resolved by giving China some control over the island, leading to backlash from Taiwan's government.
Taiwan has long-standing support from the United States, which remains a critical ally. Musk's electric vehicle company, Tesla, maintains a significant manufacturing presence in Shanghai, and his visits to China have been closely watched in light of the complex relationship between the two countries.
While Musk's statements have ignited debate and discussions, they underscore the growing geopolitical tension between the United States and China, with Taiwan emerging as a major point of contention.