Tesla CEO Elon Musk has been trying to reassure China that his company isn’t doing anything inappropriate. He said at an annual state conference last month that his cars would never be used for spying in the country.
Tao said Tesla’s data collection in China will strictly abide by the country’s laws and regulations, the paper reported.
The company had enjoyed a special relationship with authorities in the country over the past few years.
In 2020, Telsa’s revenue from China soared 124% from a year earlier, largely thanks to sales of the Shanghai-made Model 3. Tesla sold more than 137,000 Model 3s in China last year. That made it the best selling electric vehicle in the market, according to the China Passenger Car Association.