The chip maker tried to clarify that the rule was forced to be set up to comply with new U.S. laws. The case erupted after Intel announced in a year-end letter that it was no longer allowed to use components made in Xinjiang Uyghur Province in its products (which include chips, PCs, SSDs and many other products assembled in China). .
Thus, according to Intel’s communication, the coercive move was introduced to comply with U.S. law, it has nothing to do with the company’s own position. “We apologize to our esteemed Chinese customers, partners and the public for the inconvenience caused,” Intel said in a statement, according to Nikkei.
The letter quickly caught the attention of the Chinese media and sparked strong resentment against the company, according to the Financial Times, although the Chinese authorities said another case was launched by the US in the context of a trade war with China. Some opinion leaders, however, have called on the country to fine Intel for “violating China.” “This company has to comply with US laws, but it still wants to make money in China. We can’t replace its products yet, but we can punish them,” the Financial Times quoted one Weibo commentator as saying. “Let’s fine them with a few billion and spend the money on research and development.”
The U.S. Senate recently passed a law banning the import of products from Xinjiang-Uyghur province, which means Intel will not be able to sell products in the U.S. whose components originate in the province either.
The background to the story is that, according to several independent reports, forced labor is widely used in the province in question. According to some estimates, at least one million Uyghurs and other Turkish minorities have been detained by the authorities in recent years, held in prison camps and working in various factories there. The Chinese government has consistently denied that the violations have taken place. According to the official position, the purpose of the camps is to alleviate poverty, and in these places people will receive professional training, which will also help in the fight against terrorism.
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