Elon Musk says China is blocking Starlink’s sales

Elon Musk has revealed that the Chinese government is impeding the sales of his Starlink satellite internet service in China.

Musk told the Financial Times the Chinese government doesn’t want him to sell his Starlink satellite internet service in China.

According to the Financial Times, Musk says Beijing is unequivocal in it’s disapproval of his recent rollout of Starlink, SpaceX’s satellite communications system, in Ukraine to help the military circumvent Russia’s cut-off of the internet.

In contrast to the U.S. and other countries’ condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine this year, China has refused to call the attack an invasion.

China has completed its own satellite communications system, Beidou, in 2020. The system rivals the U.S. government-owned GPS, or Global Positioning System.

According to the Financial Times, Musk expects Tesla would be caught up in “inevitable” conflict over Taiwan, but will still be able to deliver to customers in China.

Beijing considers the democratically self-ruled island part of its territory and has repeatedly stated its aim for peaceful reunification.

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