Dear Faraday Future and Mr. Jia Yueting,
I’ve read the official statement from Faraday Future (hereafter referred to as “FF”) in response to our previous report, in which Mr. Jia’s passion and painstaking efforts in car-making were again emphasized. In the statement, FF also denied any fact that is mentioned in our previous report and invited me to visit FF’s factory to carry out a field research and make my judgment. As the leader of TMTPost’s industry research and analysis team, I am absolutely honored by the invitation and feel obliged to accept it, though I suspect that the invitation is merely an effort to shift the public attention away from our latest report on Le.com’s IPO matters. Even so, I would love to accept this rare opportunity to visit FF’s factory and conduct an investigation.
However, when I say research, I mean a serious field research, or investigation, that is aligned with professional journalism standard. It’s a research, not whistle-stop, not “maneuvered visit”. It should be composed of careful observation, in-depth interviews, instead of casual conversations, shallow Q&A session, rounds of banquets and toasts. Therefore, I will accept your invitation only when you agree to all of the following requirements. Then I will book the tickets, plan my schedule and set off to the U.S. immediately.
At last, here I also want to take the opportunity to send TMTPost’s invitation to Mr. Jia. The 2017 T-EDGE International Conference will be held during December 15th to 17th this year. It’s an important annual event in the tech circle in China. This time we are organizing a tech forum on cars as well, which will take place on December 17th. Industry leaders in China and I myself will be participating. We welcome Mr. Jia to join us and share your entrepreneurial stories on LeEco’s car dream. And you have always wondered who is our source on the matters of LeEco, right? I promise you I will invite the source to fly from Hong Kong to Beijing to be present with us and for you to meet.
Once again I want to thank you for your trust and your attention. It’s my sincerest belief that people who take investigative journalism seriously must have a great heart. I would present genuine reports on the things I see during the field research and strictly follow the ethics as a journalist. Looking forward to seeing you in America!
Zhao Hejuan, founder of TMTPost.
November 1st 2017
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