The obsequiousness is nauseating. Intel, in an attempt to comply with the U.S. edicts on avoiding sourcing from China’s, sent out a letter to its global suppliers telling them that products sourced from the Xinjiang region of China were problematic. Intel has to certify that its does not use labor or goods from that area. “That area” is where the Uyghur labor camps are located and is the Chinese government’s forced assimilation of religious minorities.
Following the Intel notification to its suppliers, Chinese social media exploded. Like Adidas, Nike, and the Boston Celtics, the boycotts began. H & M lost $74 million in sales over three months after it was tossed from the Chinese internet for its pledge to stop sourcing from Xijiang. Oh, and Kerry Wang, a singer with the TF Boys, a popular “boy band” in China, pulled his gig an an Intel ambassador. As go Chinese boy bands, so go buyers of chip processors all over the world.
So, Intel did what all U.S. companies do — took a knee at the altar of profits, “We deeply apologize for the confusion caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public.” Intel indicated it was only complying with the law. Liza Lin, “Intel Regrets Causing Furor in China,” Wall Street Journal, December 24, 2021, p. B1.
Meanwhile, an editorial in the Chinese government propaganda newspaper, the Global Times called for Beijing to make it “increasingly expensive for companies to offend China.” You go, Beijing. That call-to-action means increasing costs to the Uyghurs and death to human rights.