Intel Apologizes To China

US corporation Intel on Thursday apologized to China for instructing suppliers not to source from Xinjiang, the region accused of perpetrating human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims by the US.

Source: DW

In a Chinese statement posted on the social network Weibo, the semiconductor company said its instructions to suppliers are intended to ensure compliance with US law and do not represent the views of the corporation, according to Nikkei Asia.
"We apologize for the distress caused to our esteemed Chinese customers, partners and the general public," the statement read.
The US Senate last week passed a law banning imports from Xinjiang, the latest move after accusations of Beijing's mistreatment of Uighurs. The Chinese government has repeatedly denied this allegation.
The Global Times, controlled by China's state, called Intel's instructions to suppliers "absurd", noting that 26% of the semiconductor maker's revenue last year came from mainland China and Hong Kong.
In an editorial on Thursday, the newspaper wrote: " What we need to do is to make it increasingly expensive for companies to offend China, so their losses outweigh their gains."

Source: The Verge

Karry Wang, the lead singer of Chinese pop group Tfboys, terminated his brand ambassador contract with Intel on Wednesday to protect China's "national interests".
Chinese netizens' pro-Wang and Intel-criticizing nationalist slogans filled Intel's Weibo page.
“Do you still want to sponsor the Olympics?” said one commenter on Intel's ad as a global sponsor for the Beijing Winter Olympics in February.
Citing its 36-year history in China, home to 10,000 employees, Intel said it is committed to being a trusted technology partner of China and will accelerate growth in the country.
Intel is the latest Western brand to face a backlash from the Chinese. H&M was forced to close some of its stores in China in March due to a consumer boycott after the Swedish fashion retailer expressed concern about reports of forced labor in Xinjiang.
Intel's apology shows the dilemma facing foreign companies, which are attracted to China's huge consumer market but are often caught up in discord around the world around human rights issues, Nikkei Asia commented.
H/T: Nikkei Asia
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