"That is why, going forward, all expenses of any kind anywhere in the word, including parts, salary, travel expenses, rent, literally every payment that leaves our bank account must (be) reviewed," Musk said.
The denials illustrate a systematic approach by the Trump administration to thwart China's efforts to develop high-technology industries that Washington alleges benefited from theft and forced transfer of US intellectual property.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has said that its robotaxis, which will operate without humans, will be ready by 2020. At Tesla's Autonomy Day event for investors on April 22, Musk announced that the company has built its own neural network chip for self-driving cars.
Tesla’s announcement also said it would begin leasing the Model 3, but would not offer customers the option to buy the cars after their leases expired, a departure from the typical industry practice and its own policy on other models.