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Intel apologizes after Xinjiang policy sparks China backlash

Chipmaker told suppliers not to source from region due to U.S. import ban

U.S. chipmaker Intel is the latest overseas company to face a backlash in China, after it instructed suppliers not to source inputs from Xinjiang. (Source photos by AP) 

SHANGHAI -- Intel apologized to China on Thursday for telling its suppliers not to source from the country's Xinjiang region, where the U.S. alleges human rights violations are taking place against the ethnic Uyghur Muslim population.

In a statement in Chinese posted on microblogging site Weibo, the American chipmaker clarified that the instruction to suppliers was given to ensure compliance with U.S. laws, and did not represent the company's own position.

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