The millionaire compared Taiwan to Hawaii to defend the Chinese invasion, and Taipei replied “we will not sell”
she Department of Defense of the United States bought a series of assets from SpaceX, the space flight and satellite company founded and controlled by Elon Musk, to prevent the entrepreneur from cutting the communication with the Armed Forces of Ukraine of will, as he did in 2022 to stop the advance of kyiv forces in the Kherson region and to abort a underwater drone attack against the Russian Black Sea Fleet, in the Crimea.
The decision of the United States Department of Defense has made public in Junealthough now it has come to light again after the unofficial biography of Musk written by the journalist Walter Isaacson revealed what he did SpaceX in Kherson and Crimea. Since the chapter of the book that tells how Musk interfered with Ukrainian communications became accessible, the biographer and the biographer launched a career in contradictory statements to try to explain the decision.
On Wednesday, Musk was asked by a journalist from the British television network Sky who asked him in Washington: “Do you have ego and ignorance of life in Ukraine?” Musk, who has always stood by giving his opinion on everything – from the war in Ukraine to saving children trapped in a cave in Thailand or gender reassignment operations – looked ahead and did not answer.
The operation affects the Starlink network, owned by SpaceX, which has more than 4,000 satellites in orbit around the Earth and provides data in remote areas because it does not require a terrestrial antenna. The amount the Pentagon paid for the systems was not made public. But probably This is good business for the world’s largest space flight company, SpaceX, which in 2022 put more cargo into orbit than all the space agencies of the other states of the world combined.
The operation also revealed how Musk has the State as a client and as a subsidizer: less than three years ago, Starlink requested a subsidy of 886 million dollars (831 million euros). When he was denied, he went to court.
On Wednesday, at a conference high tech leaders who share their ideas and, in many cases, investors of their companies – a more friendly environment than the British journalist meeting – Musk regained the floor to give, once again, lessons in geopolitics when he said that the situation in Taiwan “is similar to Hawaiian because it is a part of China that, arbitrarily, is not part of China, basically because the United States prevents any kind of reunification.” responded this Thursday with a clear “listen: Taiwan is not China . And, of course, it’s not for sale.
China only officially annexed Taiwan in the late 17th century – then the island was under Chinese influence, but also became independent and even part of the Spanish and Dutch empires – and since 1895. did not return to exercise his sovereignty about him.
Musk has a very big interest in the Chinese economy. The electric car manufacturer he runs and in which he is the main shareholder, Tesla, earned 31% of its revenue and 21% of its profit from its sales in China in the first quarter of the year. Musk celebrated the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party, and his trust in beijing It may be, more than his alleged sympathy for Russia, the reason for his relative hatred of Ukraine.