One of the world’s largest U.S. microprocessor manufacturers has issued a letter to its suppliers, asking them to ensure that they do not use labor or goods from Xinjiang province, China, due to the ongoing genocide against the Uighurs in the region.
The letter published within the guidelines on its website details Intel’s corporate commitments among which is a prohibition on the use of forced labor:
“Our investors and customers have inquired whether Intel purchased goods or services from the Xinjiang region of China. Multiple governments have imposed restrictions on products sourced from the Xinjiang region.”
“Therefore, Intel is required to ensure our supply chain does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region,” Intel’s letter said, according to a posting on the Chinese social network, Weibo.
While the media reported the news emphasizing the backlash the letter generated on Chinese social media, highly censored and controlled by the communist authorities, the company’s decision cannot be underestimated.
Intel is currently one of the main sponsors of the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games. More than a quarter of the company’s net profits come from its sales in the Chinese market, so the risk is really high indeed.
Intel is the leading manufacturer of the microprocessors used by the vast majority of laptop and desktop computers around the world, and the company has now started making processors for airplanes, according to Breitbart.
Earlier this year, when international pressure began to boycott the Olympics over the Chinese Communist Party’s human rights violations, Intel already claimed on its website that ‘after conducting due diligence, we have confirmed that Intel does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region.’
However, Intel mistakenly limits the repression of Uyghurs to the Xinjiang region, when the various reports speak of how the Muslim minority is transported throughout China for slave labor in factories and detention centers of the Chinese Communist regime.
Conservative media criticize Intel’s reaction as lukewarm, assuring that the company is not really in any danger of losing business as the Xinjiang region is mainly involved in cotton production and agriculture.
In March this year, Zara, Nike, H&M and GAP announced that they would stop using cotton from Xinjiang after the Trump administration in January declared the CCP’s crackdown on the Uighurs a genocide.
In response the Chinese regime waged a smear campaign against these companies saying that their garments had harmful elements for children. As a result, there was an alleged boycott in China. It is difficult to confirm whether the boycott actually took place as the information comes from the Chinese regime itself.
Whether or not Intel really did not risk taking a more drastic measure such as canceling its sponsorship of the Olympics or addressing its letter to the Chinese regime, its statement to the suppliers has once again exposed the abuses of the CCP to the eyes of the international community.