Intel apologizes for banning use of components from Xinjiang

By | December 25, 2021

Enlarge / Photo taken on Aug. 2, 2019 shows the booth of CPU chip manufacturer Intel at China Digital Entertainment Expo and Game Expo in Shanghai, China. (credit: Future Publishing |Getty Images)

Intel has apologized for a ban on using components from Xinjiang in response to attacks from Chinese nationalist media over the policy, becoming the latest multinational to become embroiled in China’s battle with the US over human rights issues.

The episode quickly became one of the most talked-about topics online in China with netizens on Twitter-like Weibo calling for the government to hit Intel with fines and other punishments.

The controversy erupted after Intel sent a year-end letter to suppliers noting that components made in the north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang should not be used in its chips. The message attracted the attention of nationalist media outlet Guancha.

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