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SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Tesla vehicles will be banned from Beidaihe, a coastal region of China that is home to a secret annual summer leadership meeting for at least two months starting July 1, local traffic police officials told Reuters on Monday. location.
The Beidaihe authorities’ decision comes just weeks after Tesla (NASDAQ: ) vehicles were also banned from some roads in the central city of Chengdu in early June, coinciding with a visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Chengdu.
The Beidaihe traffic police brigade official, who declined to be named, did not give a reason for the move, but said it involved “state affairs.” The official said an announcement would be made soon.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Beidaihe, a seaside resort east of Beijing, traditionally hosts summer meetings of senior Chinese leaders to discuss personnel changes and policy ideas behind closed doors. China usually does not officially announce the date of the meeting.
The restrictions on Tesla vehicles in Chengdu were not officially announced after videos of Tesla vehicles being diverted from certain areas by police were posted on social media.
Last year, the Chinese military banned Tesla vehicles from its complexes, citing security concerns over cameras mounted on the vehicles, Reuters said at the time, citing sources who had seen the directive.
Musk said at the time that Tesla’s cars were not spying in China or anywhere else, and if they did, the company would be shut down. A few months later, Tesla said that all data generated by its cars sold in China would be stored in China.
Automakers are increasingly equipping vehicles with cameras and sensors to capture images of the car’s surroundings. Controlling how these images are used and where they are sent and stored is a rapidly emerging challenge for industry and regulators around the world.
Tesla vehicles have multiple exterior cameras that assist drivers with parking, lane changes, and other functions.