Recent footage from China revealed that Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a busy day after his appearance in the early stages of the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference in Shanghai. After a free AI debate with Alibaba founder Jack Ma, Musk visited Gigafactory 3 in Lingang Industrial Zone, before meeting with Shanghai Party Secretary Li Qiang for a conversation about Tesla's initiatives in China.
Elon Musk's visit to the Gigafactory 3 website seems to have been an encouraging change of pace for the future employees of the facility, who seemed to appreciate the presence of the Tesla CEO. Information about Musk's visit to Shanghai's electric car production plant has not yet been released to local media, but Shanghai social media reports Tesla's CEO was extremely pleased with the progress of construction of Gigafactory 3.
After visiting Gigafactory 3, Musk met with Li Qiang, secretary of the Shanghai Municipal Party Committee. During their conversation, the government official pointed out that Tesla and Gigafactory 3 are welcome in Shanghai, as they will bring new products and innovations to the city. Li also mentioned that Shanghai wanted to build a high plateau for the development of AI in the future.
Musk, meanwhile, was equally optimistic and grateful for China's support for Tesla. In his speech at the WAIC 2019 conference, Musk said he was simply amazed at the speed and efficiency of building Gigafactory 3. "The Tesla China team did a great job and I I am surprised that so much progress has been made for the Shanghai Gigafactory. It's a good story for the world to see the progress you can make in China. I really think that the future of China is very impressive, "he said.
After his busy Thursday, Musk seemed to have flown to the Chinese capital on Friday, as evidenced by photos showing Tesla's CEO having lunch at a famous Baozi restaurant in Beijing. It is interesting to note that the restaurant is very close to the office of the National Development and Reform Commission (发改委) of Beijing, which manages, among other things, the country's overall economic projects.
In addition to Elon Musk's appearance at the 2019 World Artificial Intelligence Conference and his visit to the Gigafactory 3 complex, Tesla's CEO is also expected to launch the Chinese division of The Boring Company on this trip to China. More details on this initiative will likely be shared by local news agencies or social media platforms in the coming days.