Tesla cars banned for 2 months in Beidaihe, the meeting place of the Chinese leadership

SHANGHAI, June 20 (Reuters) – Tesla’s (TSLA.O) cars will be banned from entering China’s Beidaiha Coastal District, the site of a secret annual summer party conclave, for at least two months, starting July 1, local traffic police told Reuters. on Monday.

The Beidaihe government’s decision comes just weeks after Tesla cars were also banned from driving on some roads in the central city of Chengdu in early June, coinciding with Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to the city.

An official from the Beidaihe Traffic Police Brigade, who declined to give his name, did not give a reason for the move, but said it concerned “national issues”. It will be announced soon, the official said.

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Tesla did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Beidaihe, a beach resort east of Beijing, traditionally hosts a summer conclave of high-ranking Chinese leaders to discuss personnel moves and political ideas behind closed doors. China usually does not officially announce the dates of the meeting.

Restrictions in Chengdu on Tesla’s cars, which have not been officially announced, came to light earlier this month after videos were posted on social networks in which the police turned away from certain areas.

Tesla’s logo can be seen at Tesla’s showroom in Shanghai, China, January 7, 2019. REUTERS / Ali Song

Last year, the Chinese military banned Tesla’s cars from entering its complexes, citing security concerns over cameras installed on vehicles, Reuters reported at the time, citing sources who saw the directive.

Musk then said that Tesla’s cars did not spy in China or anywhere else and that the company would be shut down if it did. Months later, Tesla said all data obtained from cars sold in China would be stored in the country.

Car manufacturers are increasingly equipping vehicles with cameras and sensors that capture images of the car’s surroundings. Controlling the way these images are used and where they are sent and stored is a challenge that is rapidly emerging for industry and regulators around the world.

Tesla cars have several external cameras that help drivers with parking, changing lanes and other functions.

China is one of Tesla’s largest markets, as well as production sites, where it produces Model 3 and Model I vehicles for domestic sale and export from its factory in the economic center of Shanghai.

Tesla’s factory in Shanghai produced about half of the 936,000 vehicles that the American car manufacturer delivered worldwide last year. However, this year the factory was hampered by the blockade in Shanghai caused by COVID, which forced the factory to close for a record 22 days. More

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Reporting by Zhang Yan, Brenda Goh and Kevin Huang; Additional reporting by Martin Pollard; Edited by Himani Sarkar and Muralikumar Anantharaman

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