Elon Musk criticizes Americans for work: There are working people in China who strongly believe in manufacturing
Elon Musk praised Chinese workers who work long shifts and criticized Americans for trying to avoid work during recent interviews.
Speaking to the Financial Times, the 50-year-old CEO of SpaceX and Tesla was asked to name an electric vehicle start-up that he considered impressive.
Although it was not a start-up, Musk mentioned Volkswagen. He later said that Tesla's next competition in the electric vehicle industry could come from China.
"I think there will be some very strong companies coming out of China. "There are just a lot of super talented people, workers in China cilët who strongly believe in production," Musk said.
"They will not only burn the midnight oil, but they will burn the oil at 3 o'clock in the morning. "They will not even leave the factory, while in America people try to avoid going to work at all," he said.
Some Chinese workers staged a campaign last year to protest China's "996" exhausting work culture, which expects workers to work from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. six days a week. The campaign began a few months after the death of a 22-year-old employee.