NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Tesla Motors  (TSLA) - Get Report stock is rising by 0.7% to $197.75 in Tuesday's pre-market trading session, as co-founder Elon Musk is looking to find a Chinese production partner given the potential that China's market has, Bloomberg reports.

Musk, who spoke in Hong Kong on Tuesday said that he had "a number of high level meetings" with the government. 

The company is currently working with Hong Kong officials to release home power charging stations. 

If Tesla is successful in finding a local Chinese production partner for its electric cars, it would help the company evade import tariffs of at least 25%, Bloomberg added.

Overall, Musk is optimistic and is focused on targeting the Chinese market as he believes worsening pollution in the country could spark the need for cleaner vehicles.  

Separately, TheStreet Ratings currently has a Hold rating on the stock with a letter grade of C-. 

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