Tesla’s Elon Musk is criticized after opening Xinjiang showroom

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Tesla uploaded photos of the ceremony’s opening online. People were seen holding ‘Tesla Loves Xinjiang’ signs.

Tesla, the electric car manufacturer has been criticized in America after it opened a showroom in China’s controversial Xinjiang.

Elon Musk, a billionaire, was the company’s head and opened the Urumqi showroom for New Year’s Eve.

Some Chinese have welcomed the decision.

China was accused of genocide, slavery, and murder of Uyghurs living in China’s western resource-rich region.

Marco Rubio, a Republican Senator from Florida, sponsored a bill in December signed by President Joe Biden that would require firms to prove goods imports from Xinjiang are not made with forced labor. He spoke out against Tesla’s decision.

Rubio tweets: “Nationless corporations help the Chinese Communist Party cover-up genocide, and slave labor in the region.”

Scott Paul is the President of the Alliance of American Manufacturing Industry Body. He stated that: “I’ll just be direct: Any company doing business with Xinjiang complicits in the cultural genocide being perpetrated there. Tesla’s actions, however, are particularly disgusting.

Tesla didn’t immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment.

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Users of China’s social media platform Weibo, which is similar to Twitter, were nevertheless enthusiastic about the opening of the Tesla showroom.

One user wrote: “Thanks for expanding in Xinjiang. Happy new year!” A second user stated: “You know, Tesla supports the building and development of Xinjiang unlike other companies.”

After a backlash against a letter sent by Intel urging its suppliers to avoid Xinjiang, the US-based microchip company Intel issued an apology.

China raised concerns about the letter, and calls were made for a boycott.

Intel is not the first company that came under fire for its desire to comply with Chinese sanctions while still operating in China.

Retail giants Nike and H&M also faced a backlash last year after they expressed concern about the alleged use of Uyghur forced labour in cotton production.

Many Muslim Uyghurs live in China’s Xinjiang Region. In the region, there are allegations of forced labour or genocide.

The BBC released a December 2020 investigation based upon new research that showed China had forced hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs into manual labor in Xinjiang’s cotton fields.

Beijing denied these claims repeatedly.

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Source: BBC.com

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