Does Elon Musk answer to anyone?

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The cost of bitcoin struck a brand-new high Tuesday early morning, increasing above $47,000 for the very first time in its history. That was driven by Monday’s discovery that Tesla acquired $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency to hang on its books. As we reported the other day, Fortune’s Shawn Tully has concerns about the knowledge of that purchase. However I’m sure Musk doesn’t mind—he’s currently made a half billion dollars in latent revenue on the buy. That’s simply another presentation of the marketplace power that made him Fortune’s Business Owner of the Year.

It likewise raises the concern: Does Elon Musk solution to anybody? Ends up, the response is yes. Have a look at the language Tesla utilized in action to the Chinese regulators asking about quality concerns. In a filing, the business “sincerely accepted the guidance of government departments,” and “deeply reflected on shortcomings.” That’s a far cry from Musk’s belittling the SEC as the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission,” or informing U.S. car regulators its guidelines are “anachronistic,” or assaulting California healthcare authorities as “unelected and ignorant.” Pretty clear where the power lies nowadays.

And speaking of China, a report from the Peterson Institute of International Economics discovers the trade contract it signed a year ago with the U.S. ended up being a flop. The “centerpiece” of the offer was a contract by China to acquire $200 billion more in U.S. items and services in 2020 and 2021. However trade-deal-related exports really fell 40% except the targeted quantities, due in part to COVID-related issues.

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Alan Murray
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alan.murray@fortune.com

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.