Tech Company Intel Apologizes In China After Saying It Will Not Source Products From Uyghur Regions

Tech Company Intel Apologizes In China After Saying It Will Not Source Products From Uyghur Regions
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OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images Technology company Intel informed its suppliers to stop procuring products or labor from Xinjiang, where the Chinese Communist Party is detaining, abusing and oppressing Uyghurs — then apologized for the move on Chinese social media.

As CNN Business recorded, Intel said in a recent letter to suppliers that it “is required to ensure our supply chain does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region.” The outlet noted that the message provoked intense backlash in China (formatting adjusted):

People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s official newspaper, called the statement “absurd”, adding that Intel is “biting the hand that feeds it.” Chinese pop star Wang Junkai, the brand ambassador for Intel Core, announced Wednesday that he had cut all ties with Intel over its statement, saying “national interests are above all else.” On Thursday, Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for China’s foreign ministry, said that “claims related to Xinjiang, such as forced labor” are “lies by US’s anti-China forces.”

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