Elon Musk kicked off the construction of Tesla's new $2 billion "Gigafactory" in China on Monday, which he says will be ready this summer.

A factory on Chinese soil may help Musk dodge tariffs imposed by China as part of Donald Trump's trade war.

A Chinese base would shelter Tesla against potential future tariff hikes.

Elon Musk kicked off construction of his new Tesla Gigafactory in Shanghai, a project which could help him get around tariffs on cars which have recently been inflamed by Donald Trump's trade war with China.

Musk gave a speech at the site of the planned $2 billion factory in the Lingang district of Shanghai.

In October, Tesla said tariffs imposed by China to counter those made by Trump "resulted in an import tariff rate of 40% on Tesla vehicles versus 15% for other imported cars in China."

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