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Intel Apologizes to China Customers Over Xinjiang Stance

  • Brand ambassador Wang Junkai cuts ties with the U.S. chipmaker
  • Intel asked suppliers not to use labor, products from Xinjiang
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WATCH: Biden signed into law a bill banning goods from China’s Xinjiang region unless companies can prove they aren’t made with forced labor. Daniel Flatley reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Intel Corp. apologized after its opposition to Xinjiang labor sparked a backlash against the U.S. chipmaker in China, highlighting how multinational companies are increasingly getting caught up in a geopolitical spat between two global powers over issues such as human rights. 

The chipmaker sent a letter asking suppliers not to use any labor or products sourced from Xinjiang “in order to ensure compliance with U.S. legal requirements,” it said in a WeChat statement Thursday. The company had no other intention and did not mean to express a position on the matter, according to the statement.