Intel apologizes for asking suppliers to avoid products from China’s Xinjiang region

A day after facing a backlash from the Chinese government as well as local customers, Intel issued an unconditional apology for the letter it sent. The world’s largest semiconductor chip maker apologized after it posted a letter online about the termination of assignments for resellers working in the Xinjiang regions. Notably, the intelligence letter came nearly two days after the Biden administration imposed new sanctions on companies for importing products made by forced labor. According to the Joe Biden administration, several Chinese biotechnology and surveillance companies and government entities buy equipment from companies based in the United States and then use it against minority communities in China.

Subsequently, Intel, which has a large share of the Chinese market, posted a letter on the social media platform regarding its decision to discourage products made by the minority Muslim community, especially Uyghurs. Intel’s request was “arrogant and vicious,” said Global Times, a newspaper published by the Communist government. “The so-called forced labor and other allegations about Xinjiang are completely lies concocted by anti-Chinese forces,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. He called on Intel to “respect the facts and distinguish right from wrong”.

What letter of apology says?

Following this, the developer of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most personal computers, posted a letter of clarification and apology on the China-controlled social media platform WeChat. “We apologize for the problems caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public,” Sputnik said citing Intel. Additionally, the company explained that the letter was supposed to comply with US laws. “Intel strives to be a reliable technology partner for China.” It should be noted that Intel is not the only brand to have faced a backlash in China, but big brands like Nike and H&M are also facing the same problem in Beijing. After the Communist government published a warning in the Global Times, pop singer Wang Junkai announced that he was withdrawing from a deal to act as a “brand ambassador” for the Intel Core processor line.

US sanctions against China

According to the official, who requested anonymity, the US secret service discovered that China has set up a high-tech surveillance system in the western Xinjiang region, which uses biometric facial recognition. The intelligence agency also found that Beijing had collected DNA samples from all residents, from minors to the elderly. Children in the 12-year-old age group are being targeted by the government led by Xi Jinping, according to the findings. “A review by several federal agencies has determined that the Chinese academy and research institutes use biotechnological processes to support Chinese military end-uses and end-users, including alleged brain control weapons,” said the US Department of Commerce in a report of findings. It should be mentioned that in July of this year, the US Senate passed a law banning the importation of products from China’s Xinjiang region because it assumed that the products produced there are made with forced labor. The Senate noted that these Chinese firms were playing a major role in the prosecution of Beijing’s “genocide and crimes against humanity”.

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