China promises Elon Musk he’ll be ‘taught a lesson’ over Ukraine peace plans
Elon Musk has caused a stir after sharing his controversial views on how to end the war in Ukraine.
Taking to Twitter, the world's richest man shared a rough-and-ready manifesto detailing how he believed the conflict could be resolved.
He said of his own world peace solution: "This is highly likely to be the outcome in the end – just a question of how many die before then."
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Musk's proposed plan includes re-staging the recent elections in Ukraine's annexed regions, and the billionaire also stated that Crimea should be declared "formally part of Russia, as it has been since 1783 (until Khrushchev’s mistake)."
The SpaceX founder also suggested that under his system Ukraine would remain "neutral".
However the suggestions have not gone down well, with one commentator for Chinese state-backed publication The Global Times, Hu Xijin, openly blasting the Tesla mogul and warning that Musk will be "taught a lesson".
"Elon Musk has released his personality too much, and he believes too much in the US and West’s 'freedom of speech,'" Hu wrote on Twitter.
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"He will be taught a lesson."
Musk first caused controversy after he published his makeshift manifesto for peace, and added a poll to the Tweet after he received widespread backlash.
Following the outcry, the billionaire said: "Let’s try this then: the will of the people who live in the Donbas & Crimea should decide whether they’re part of Russia or Ukraine" along with a poll in which 59% of people agreed.
The Tweet landed Musk in hot water after Vladimir Putin praised the billionaire for his "positive comments" on the invasion, prompting Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to virtually intervene.
The Ukrainian leaded put out his own tweet asking: “Which @elonmusk do you like more?”, suggesting the options "One who supports Russia", or "One that supports Ukraine".
Unsurprisingly, a Ukraine-supporting Musk came out victorious with 79% of the votes.
This isn't the first time Musk made headlines this week after he re-launched his bid to buy Twitter.
He is reportedly set to launch a new proposal to bag the social network after he terminated his original $44 billion (£38.bn) deal because the platform shed light on the number of fake accounts it had.
But now the Tesla CEO is reportedly back in talks to acquire the social network for $54.20 (£47.19) per share – the exact same price he had agreed previously.
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