Friday, December 9, 2022

Intel apologies for supplier instructions to China

Intel apologies to China after an uproar over a letter asking vendors not to use Xinjiang-sourced items or labour. The company’s letter prompted boycott calls in China. Intel was “forced” to verify its supply chain did not use Xinjiang labour or items because to “many countries'” limitations, the letter claimed. Chinese authorities in the region of Xinjiang have come under fire for alleged abuses of human rights.

Many of the country’s Muslim Uyghur population live here, and reports of forced labour and potentially genocide abound. Uyghurs have among the hundreds of thousands of minorities forced to work in Xinjiang cotton fields by China in December.
WeChat and Weibo posts by Intel stated that its decision to avoid supply chains in Xinjiang was a sign of conformity with US law rather than a statement of opinion.

Intel stated that our apologies go out to our customers, partners, and the general public in China. Additionally Intel has dedicated to becoming a trusted technology partner with China. Company said Obama signed into law a bill that compels businesses to verify that commodities imported from China’s Xinjiang region have not made with forced labour.

Congress enacted the law last week to prevent US corporations from profiting from forced labour, which China denies. Many Weibo users slammed Intel’s apology as a ploy to safeguard Chinese sales “Errors are errors! Retract the Xinjiang statement!”

On Weibo on Thursday, the hashtag “Is Intel’s apology sincere?” trended. Singer Karry Wang announced he would no longer be an Intel brand ambassador, citing “national interests”. Intel is hardly the first business to face criticism for trying to comply with Xinjiang sanctions while operating in China.


Nike and H&M have slammed earlier this year for criticising the suspected use of Uyghur forced labour in cotton production. Moreover Intel, which has 10,000 employees in China, apologised for “the issue’s sensitivity in China”.

Destabilising and impeding China’s growth, anti-China American troops have accused of forced labour in Xinjiang, according to the Chinese foreign ministry.

According to Zhao Lijian, spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry, “we take note of the comments.”

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