How Elon Musk Came to Influence the Fates of Nations

From a Wall Street Journal story by Greg Ip headlined “How Elon Musk Came to Influence the Fates of Nations”:

Most business leaders go a lifetime without creating an international incident. Elon Musk has done it twice this month.

First, he drew Ukraine’s ire over revelations in Walter Isaacson’s biography that he declined to activate his satellite service, Starlink, over Crimea, thereby foiling a Ukrainian attack on the Russian navy.

Days later, Taiwan slammed him for saying the People’s Republic of China sees the self-governing island the same way the U.S. sees Hawaii: “Taiwan is not part of the #PRC & certainly not for sale!” its Foreign Ministry said on Musk-owned X, formerly known as Twitter.