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Tesla seeks proximity to authorities

US carmaker Tesla apparently fears a slump in its sales figures on the Chinese market. The company is working feverishly to avoid completely squandering its reputation in the country. Its sales had more than doubled in the People’s Republic last year – but now a dip is looming. The company has therefore recently become a regular attendee at government-organized auto industry roundtables, contrary to its custom, Reuters reports. Tesla is also looking to hire new employees, mainly to handle relations with government agencies in the country. The increased involvement is an indication that Tesla is taking the massive criticism it has received in recent weeks very seriously.

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