After the world’s largest integrated circuit producer Intel Corp. asked its suppliers to avoid slave labor by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Xinjiang region, it expressed its regret in a letter.
In its letter it wrote: “We deeply apologize for the confusion caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public,” according to The Wall Street Journal on Dec. 23.
Intel’s request to suppliers was countered by the CCP’s mouthpiece tabloid, Global Times, which called on Beijing to make it “increasingly expensive for companies to offend China.”
There were also negative reactions on Chinese social media, although it is most probably contrived, based on findings by Taiwanese researchers who note “that state media and CCP-affiliated social media accounts were fanning the flames of anger on the Internet.”
It should be noted that Intel’s dealings in China bring in about $20 billion in annual sales, equivalent to 26% of its entire production.
However, there is not much the Chinese regime can do about it because there is no abundant international supply in the production of integrated circuits, chips, and its domestic industry is heavily dependent on them.
Intel supplies more than 80% of the chips to be installed in desktop personal computers, and most of those used for data services.
Although Intel justified its request to suppliers to avoid Xinjiang products by arguing that it only conformed to U.S. law, its kowtowing to the Chinese regime proved embarrassing to some netizens.
“It’s a pretty shameful climb down,” wrote British journalist Twitter account user Iain Thomson, commenting on The Wall Street Journal’s news.
In response to Thomson, editor Sean Gallagher wrote, “I’ve learned that we cannot expect any corporation to resist the allure of the profit that comes with keeping Pooh Bear pleased.”
Additionally, Intel is a sponsor of what have been dubbed the Genocide Olympics, to be held in Beijing Feb. 4-11, which are strongly boycotted internationally, in denunciation against the enslavement of ethnic minorities in China, primarily the Muslim Xinjiang.
“Two successive U.S. governments have concluded that the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign of internment of Uyghurs at concentration camps, family separations, forced sterilizations and abortions, and mass enslavement constitutes genocide,” writes author Frances Martel in this regard.
The Uyghur Court, an independent judicial organization based in London, also ruled that the CCP committed “genocide” against the Uyghurs. The court issued this ruling after reviewing the testimony of more than 500 witnesses and 40 experts.
The president of the World Uyghur Congress, Dolgun Isa, attended the forum by video. He claimed that the CCP had established large-scale concentration camps and prisons in Xinjiang since 2016.
They imprison Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Uzbeks and other minorities there, and that the total number of victims exceeded three million people. Believers of religions and spiritual beliefs such as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong, and Christianity also suffer from CCP persecution.