Elon Musk has said that the United States needs to let go of its internal political struggle to remain competitive with China.
On Monday, he said there was “a lot of America hitting itself in the fucking face.”
Praising China’s work ethic, he said the Chinese Tesla team is working hard in the company.
Elon Musk has warned that the United States needs to stop infighting if it is to stay on par with the rising Chinese economy, which he said is likely to be three times the size of the US economy due to its strong work ethic.
“Everything is not a conspiracy by the Chinese government,” Musk said Monday via video at the All-In Tech Conference. “There are a huge number of smart, hard-working people in China who want to go ahead and get things done.” Hosted by all in podcasts. “And they are not satisfied, and they are not entitled to.”
The United States currently leads China when it comes to GDP. The latest data from the World Bank shows that the gross domestic product of the United States is $20.95 trillion, compared to $14.72 trillion for China. However, China’s GDP growth in the past 30 years has significantly outpaced the United States.
Musk also criticized Americans for fighting among themselves rather than focusing on developing the economy.
“There’s a lot of America hitting themselves in the fucking face, and that’s just plain stupid,” Musk said. “Think of like: Hey, we have to be competitors here. And there’s a new kid on the block who’s going to be double or triple his size.”
“We’d better get up our game,” he said, “you know, stop fighting.”
The billionaire said his electric car maker, Tesla, was able to stay competitive in China because of the company’s Chinese team.
“Tesla is kind of a long way off in terms of business ethics anywhere in the world,” Musk said. “So Tesla’s work ethic in the US is much greater than any other auto company or any big manufacturer that I know of.” .
But he added that the work ethic of the Chinese Tesla team “goes beyond” the work ethic of its average American counterpart.
During an interview on May 10 with the Financial Times, Musk praised China’s workforce as “extremely talented” and hardworking. “They will not only burn midnight oil. They will burn oil at three in the morning,” he said. “They kind of won’t even leave the factory, while in America people try to avoid going to work at all.”
When asked on Monday by a panelist to expand his view of infighting in the United States, Musk urged companies to focus less on political views in the workplace.
He said, receiving applause from the audience, “The aim of the company is to produce useful products and services for your fellow human beings. It is not a place for political gathering.” “Let’s not lose sight of why companies should exist.”
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