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23 Dez 2021

CK TAN, Nikkei (Japan)

Intel apologises to China after Xinjiang sourcing policy causes backlash

"Intel apologizes after Xinjiang policy sparks China backlash", 23 December 2021

Intel apologized to China on Thursday for telling its suppliers not to source from the country's Xinjiang region, where the U.S. alleges human rights violations are taking place against the ethnic Uyghur Muslim population.

In a statement in Chinese posted on microblogging site Weibo, the American chipmaker clarified that the instruction to suppliers was given to ensure compliance with U.S. laws, and did not represent the company's own position.

"We apologize for the distress caused to our esteemed Chinese customers, partners and the general public," the statement said. [...]

China's state-controlled Global Times called Intel's instruction to suppliers "absurd," saying the U.S. semiconductor manufacturer earned 26% of its revenue from China and Hong Kong last year. [...]

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