United States based tech company and world leading chip manufacturer Intel Corp. (INTC) has issued an apology to its Chinese customers and partners concerning a public letter it had released two days ago urging its suppliers to avoid sourcing products or labor from China’s the western region of Xinjiang.
According to the annual letter to its suppliers, Intel had directed its supplies to ensure that their supply chain does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region due to restrictions imposed by multiple governments.
The United States has repeatedly accused the government of China of widespread violation of human rights in the western region of Xinjiang which is predominantly occupied by Muslims. The government of China has strongly denied these allegations.
In the letter which Intel shared through its Weibo and WeChat accounts, the company says the move to avoid supply chains from the western part of Xinjiang was as a form of compliance with the United States law rather than a statement of its position on the issue.
“We apologize for the trouble caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public. Intel is committed to becoming a trusted technology partner and accelerating joint development with China,” said Intel.