Intel apologizes in China after backlash over Xinjiang claims

By Teele Rebane, CNN Business

Intel has apologized in China following backlash over its directive to suppliers not to supply products or labor from the company. Xinjiang area.

The American chip maker told suppliers in a letter in December 2021 that it was “required to ensure our supply chain does not employ any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region” of China, citing restrictions on government regulations and inquiries from investors and customers.

The company apologized on Thursday after the letter caused controversy in China.

“While our original intention was to ensure compliance with U.S. law, this letter has raised questions and concerns among our valued Chinese partners, which we deeply regret,” the company said in a statement statement on Weibo, a Twitter-like service.

Human rights groups have repeatedly accused Beijing of detaining Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang during “Renovations“Camp and use them as forced labor, which they claim to be part of a global retail and tech supply chain, directly or indirectly.

Sanctions from the United States and other Western countries against Xinjiang have sparked an outcry from the Chinese government, which calls the camps “vocational training centers” designed to combat poverty. and religious extremism.

In an email to CNN Business, an Intel spokesperson said the company will continue to ensure its global sourcing complies with applicable laws and regulations in the United States and other jurisdictions. is different.

“We have released a statement in China to address the concerns of our stakeholders there about how we communicate certain legal and policy requirements with our supplier network. our global level,” it added.

Intel’s letter sparked a backlash on social media and the Chinese state. People’s Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper, called the claim “absurd,” adding that Intel was “biting the hand that nurtured it.”

Chinese pop star Wang Junkai, brand ambassador of Intel Core, announced Wednesday that he had severed all ties with Intel because of its statement, saying that “the national interest comes first.”

On Thursday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, said that “statements related to Xinjiang, such as forced labor” were “lies by anti-China forces” of the United States”.

“We hope the businesses involved respect the truth, distinguishing between right and wrong,” he said.

– Beijing’s CNN bureau contributed to this report.

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