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Tesla cars will be banned from entering the Beidaihe area for at least two months from July 1, where an annual meeting of Chinese Communist Party leaders is held, a local traffic police official told Reuters on Monday. .
The decision by Beidaihe authorities comes weeks after Tesla cars were banned from driving on some roads in the central city of Chengdu, which coincided with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the city.
The head of the Beidaihe traffic police brigade, who declined to be named, did not give a reason for the decision. He simply said it was “national business.”
Beidaihe, a resort east of Beijing, traditionally hosts a meeting with senior Chinese leaders. In general, China does not officially announce the dates of this meeting.
Last year, the Chinese military banned Tesla cars from entering its compounds, citing security concerns with cameras fitted to vehicles.
Elon Musk said Tesla cars don’t spy in China or anywhere else. As more automakers equip their vehicles with sensors of all kinds, Tesla said all data generated by vehicles sold in China will be stored in the country.
China is one of the largest markets and production sites for Tesla, which manufactures Model 3 and Model Y vehicles there for domestic sale and for export from its factory in Shanghai, the country’s economic hub.