China offers Elon Musk permanent residency

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During the meeting, Musk expressed his affection for China, with Li responding by saying he could be granted permanent residency.

The pair met on Wednesday at the Purple Light Pavilion at Zhongnanhai, the office complex of China's top government officials. Li replied: "If this is what you truly have in mind, we can give you a "Chinese green card"". In contrast, more than 1 million people were granted permanent residency in the USA during 2017.

Members of this club, according to the paper, include Dutch scientist Bernard Feringa, who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in chemistry, former National Basketball Association all-star Stephon Marbury, and Nobel-winning economist Robert Mundell.

As Engadget reports, the announcement was made by Elon Musk via Twitter with no explanation given as to why the decision had been taken to stop offering the smaller battery option.

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While pricing or an on sale date has yet to be announced for New Zealand, the company says RHD deliveries of the Model 3 "start in the second half of 2019" on its website.

Li congratulated Musk on construction of the multibillion-dollar facility, which began three months after the maker of America's bestselling electric cars secured the land at an industrial zone in Lingang.

Of course, the irony of the Model 3's success in the luxury market is that the vehicle was meant to be Tesla's first-ever mass market automobile - a less expensive alternative to Tesla's pricier vehicles that could reach a wider market of drivers.

China welcomes more foreign enterprises to engage in its new round of high-standard opening up and continues to share benefits from its development opportunities, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang said here Thursday.

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