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Intel apologizes for asking its suppliers to avoid products made in the Xinjiang region of China


A day after a backlash from the Chinese government as well as local customers, Intel issued an unconditional apology for the letter it sent. The apology from the world’s largest semiconductor chip maker came after it uploaded a letter about the suspension of orders from dealers in the Xinjiang regions. In particular, the intelligence agency’s letter came almost two days after the Biden government imposed new sanctions on companies that imported forced labor products. According to Joe Biden’s government, several Chinese biotech and surveillance companies and government agencies are buying equipment from US companies and then using them against minority communities in China.

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

Which letter of apology is in?

As a result, the developer of the x86 series of microprocessors, the processors found in most PCs, posted a letter of explanation with an apology on the China-controlled social media platform WeChat. “We apologize for the problems inflicted on our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public,” Sputnik quoted Intel as saying. In addition, the company stated that the letter should follow US law. “Intel strives to be a reliable technology partner for China.” It’s worth noting that Intel isn’t the only brand that has 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 issued a warning in the Global Times, pop singer Wang Junkai announced that he was going out of business to act as a “brand ambassador” for Intel’s core processor chips.

US sanctions against China

According to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, US intelligence agencies discovered that China has set up a high-tech surveillance system that uses biometric facial recognition in the western Xinjiang region. The secret service has also found that Beijing has collected DNA samples from all residents, including minors to the elderly. According to the results, children aged 12 and over are being targeted by the Xi Jinping-led government. “A review by several federal agencies has shown that Chinese academies and research institutes are using biotechnological processes to support the end uses and end users of the Chinese military, including alleged brain control weapons,” according to a findings report from the US Department of Commerce. It is worth noting that the US Senate passed a law in July of this year that bans the import of products from the Xinjiang region of China, as it assumes that the goods produced there are manufactured using forced labor. The Senate found that these Chinese companies played an important role in the continuation of Beijing’s “genocide and crimes against humanity”.

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