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Elon Musk in hot water for China tweet

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Critics have hit out at Elon Musk for tweeting his support of China on the anniversary of the nation's communist regime (Source: AAP/Twitter/Getty)

Tesla CEO and billionaire Elon Musk has caused a stir on Twitter after tweeting his support for the nation on the country’s 100 year anniversary of its communist regime.

Musk responded to a tweet from one of China’s state-affiliated media outlets which was quoting the nation’s leader Xi Jinping speaking of the nation’s prosperity.

Musk said: “The economic prosperity that China has achieved is truly amazing, especially in infrastructure! I encourage people to visit and see for themselves.”

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While it may seem like an innocent enough tweet on the surface, some critics have hit back at the billionaire voicing his support for the communist regime.

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One user hit back at Musk saying: “Should we also commend them for their torture, subjugation, and forced indoctrination of minority populations?”

Even political figures in Taiwan spoke out against Musk’s tweet with the Taiwanese New Power Party referencing the alleged concentration camps in China’s Xinjiang region.

“Maybe Mr. Musk should pay a visit to Xinjiang and see the reeducation camp for yourself,” the party responded.

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What is the relevance of the 100 year anniversary?

The tweet from Musk landed on the 100 year anniversary of the Communist party regime in which Xi made a public address about the country’s prosperity.

There has been a lot of controversy recently about the regime, particularly its treatment of a minority muslim population known as Uyghurs.

China has been accused of committing crimes against humanity, and possibly genocide, against the Uyghur population.

During this speech Xi also referenced the trade wars between the United States and more recently Australia.

“We Chinese are a people who uphold justice and are not intimidated by threats of force. As a nation, we have a strong sense of pride and confidence. We have never bullied, oppressed, or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will,” Xi said.

“By the same token, we will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us. Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

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