Elon Musk was cautioned by Communist China not to discuss the coronavirus lab leak scenario amid the risk that it might hurt his chances of doing business in that country in the future.
The CEO of Twitter made a comment last weekend in response to a post by “Kanekoa The Great” that questioned whether Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was involved in the development of the coronavirus.
“The FBI and the Energy Department have both reached the conclusion that the coronavirus started in the Wuhan lab since Dr. Anthony Fauci was supporting gain-of-function studies there and also lied to Congress about it. Does that imply that COVID-19’s creation was being supported by Dr. Anthony Fauci?” questioned the account.
Musk retorted, “He did it through a pass-through group (EcoHealth),” alluding to the nonprofit corporation to which Fauci’s institute had awarded $8 million in federal research grants in order to study Chinese bat coronaviruses.
Musk’s comment drew a response from China in the form of a post on social media from the Global Times which is controlled by the CCP, that referred to Musk as a right-wing fanatic and essentially warned him to not bite the hand that is feeding him, pointing to his Tesla manufacturing campus in Shanghai.
It stated that “Musk has actually been growing closer to these right-wing elements in the United States in recent years, judging from public information and historical media stories. He has been addressing a variety of domestic and international topics, including those relating to racism, gender, and the Russia-Ukraine crisis in the United States.”
“He has actually demonstrated a propensity to support these right-wing conservative ideas. He appears to relish the idea of “carrying the sedan chair” and being pursued by American right-wing organizations. He will therefore automatically associate with these individuals regarding the question of the origin of the new crown virus,” it was noted.
Musk may be “breaking the pot of China,” that, according to CNBC’s Eunice Yoon, simply means “biting the hand that is feeding you,” according to the post.
When FBI Director Christopher Wray suggested the coronavirus lab leak scenario has validity, it gained significant support this week.
“The FBI has determined for quite some time that a suspected lab mishap in Wuhan is most likely the source of the epidemic,” according to Wray, speaking to Fox News. “In this case, you’re discussing a potential leak from a lab that the Chinese government controls.”
“I’ll just note that the Chinese government seems to have been making every effort to obstruct and obscure the work being done here, by us, by the U.S. government, and by our close international allies. It’s unfortunate for everyone,” he continued.