One of the world’s wealthiest man, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, has suggested that Taiwan be made a special administrative district of China, similar to Hong Kong and Macau.
Musk was speaking in an interview published on Friday with Roula Khalaf, editor of the Financial Times.
The outspoken and often controversial billionaire said his recommendation would be to figure out a special administrative zone for Taiwan that is reasonably palatable, but he did acknowledge that this option would probably not make everyone happy.
“And it’s possible, and I think probably, in fact, that they could have an arrangement that’s more lenient than Hong Kong,” he said.
He further pointed out that a conflict for Taiwan is unavoidable and will come at a great cost for the world. According to Musk’s assessments, the global economy would lose about 30% of its GDP in this scenario.
He then expressed his hopes that the Tesla plant in Shanghai will continue working in case of a war with Taiwan, even if its cars will only be accessible on the Chinese market.