Elon Musk Gets Warning from China over COVID Lab Leak Remarks


A classified intelligence report has reportedly concluded that the COVID-19 pandemic likely originated from a lab in Wuhan, according to the Department of Energy (DOE). The findings are said to have potential implications for global public health and international relations.

The report has not been publicly released, but its alleged contents have sparked renewed debates about the origins of the virus and the transparency of the Chinese government. Some experts have criticized the report for its lack of conclusive evidence, while others argue that it highlights the need for further investigation and transparency surrounding the origins of the pandemic.

China is ramping up its efforts to prevent the spread of lab leak theories on social media, and it seems that Elon Musk is their latest target. The state-run Global Times newspaper issued a warning to the Twitter CEO after he commented on a post that mentioned the Department of Energy’s conclusion that COVID-19 likely originated at a lab in Wuhan, China.

Elon Musk has taken over social media platform Twitter. Photo / Herald montage, AP, Getty Images

The newspaper suggested that Musk’s commentary could potentially harm Tesla’s relationship with China, which is currently the company’s second-largest market. While the warning was cryptic in nature, it’s clear that China is taking these allegations seriously and is actively trying to suppress them.

Funded research in Wuhan that involved
“gain-of-function” experimentation

The online controversy surrounding the origin of COVID-19 was recently rekindled by a tweet from “Kanekoa The Great” that raised questions about Dr. Anthony Fauci’s role in the development of the virus. The tweet suggested that Fauci, who had previously directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had funded research in Wuhan that involved “gain-of-function” experimentation. This prompted a response from Elon Musk, who cited a classified intelligence report from the Department of Energy that suggested the pandemic may have originated at the Wuhan lab. However, China has now cautioned the tech mogul against promoting the lab leak theory, which could potentially harm Tesla’s relationship with the country’s lucrative market.

Musk responded to the original tweet with a statement of his own, alleging that the research grants given to EcoHealth Alliance were used to fund “very strange projects” that “seem super shady.” He also suggested that “there is a lot of dark cloakroom stuff going on” in regards to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tesla’s Shanghai plant is closed for four days due to government restrictions, Reuters reported.
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Musk’s recent comments about the lab leak theory of COVID-19’s origin have landed him in hot water with China, which is Tesla’s second-largest market. In a cryptic social media post, the state-run Global Times warned Musk against sharing posts that promote the lab leak theory, suggesting that such commentary could harm Tesla’s relationship with China. The newspaper’s warning was likened to the expression “to bite the hand that feeds you.” It’s worth noting that Tesla has a factory campus in Shanghai, so China’s response is not to be taken lightly.



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