Risk of spies, Tesla banned in China if there is President Xi. What about Chinese cars in Europe?

The models of the Californian brand cannot come close to the areas where President Xi Jinping and the highest Chinese authorities are present. The fear is that they act as spies, being able to record and transmit images and sounds. A risk that could be represented by the many Chinese models coming to us too?

Andrea Tartaglia


June 21st

– Milano

Tesla away from President Xi Jinping and from the highest Chinese offices. It is not a purely aesthetic fact like that of not making American brands appear as a background to the highest authorities of the Dragon. The news released by Reuters it may seem curious, sometimes surreal, but it has precise reasons: Beijing’s fear that Elon Musk’s cars could act as eyes and ears for the enemy, the American government. An issue that China takes very seriously and for two months all Tesla models will be banned from entering and driving in the coastal district of Beidaihe, in the eastern part of the Asian country, which in July to August will host a series of meetings of the top Chinese leaders including President Xi.


The news comes as no surprise to those who are closely following what is happening in Beijing. The decision of the Beidaihe authorities comes in fact a few weeks after the ban on Tesla cars to circulate on some streets of the city of Chengdu, this time in the heart of the country, started in June in conjunction with the visit of President Xi Jinping in. Also in this case, evidently, the authorities considered the presence of the models of the Californian brand to be a danger, and the fact that they are assembled in China matters little, the risk of espionage is high, so much so that access to Tesla models is also prevented. to Chinese military and government installations. The technological equipment present on the models of the American brand allows, in fact, to record images and sounds inside and outside the vehicle, being able to retransmit them remotely via connection Over the air (Ota). In short, a perfect spy.


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If Beijing fears the connected cars of foreign brands, and therefore adversaries if not enemies, what attitude should Western countries, including Europe, have towards the many Chinese models on the way? There is talk of particularly advanced electrical models, equipped with connection systems that are difficult to trace and which could transmit sensitive information to China. What would happen, for example, if an unsuspecting European or American driver were to legitimately enter a government or military facility and the vehicle began recording images and sounds and relayed them somewhere in the country of the Dragon? It sounds like the plot of a spy movie, but it might be more real than you think. On the other hand, it is public knowledge that Chinese-made cameras and routers have been massively installed throughout the Italian territory, even to act as surveillance for highly sensitive targets such as Palazzo Chigi and Fiumicino airport. To whom do they transmit images and sounds? The war of spies has already begun.

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