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Opinion: What Will Happen With Automaker Tesla in China?

CommentaryOn Feb. 8, the Chinese state-run media Xinhua reported that Tesla, the U.S. automaker, was summoned by five government departments including the General Administration of Market Supervision, to discuss consumers’ complaints about quality issues such as abnormal acceleration, battery fires, and remote vehicle upgrades. On Feb. 9, Xinhua issued three commentaries on the incident, headlined: “Tesla responded to being interviewed by five departments: it will strictly abide by Chinese laws and regulations,” “What’s the warning behind Tesla being questioned,” and “Tesla, there’s no special treatment when faced with quality issues.”Tesla was suddenly pushed to the forefront of the Chinese Communist…