Elon Musk: Tesla was criticized in the USA for opening a showroom in Xinjiang;  Accused of 'aiding China'

Electric car manufacturer Tesla opened a showroom in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The company’s decision was met with backlash in the United States.

“National corporations are helping the Chinese Communist Party cover up crimes of genocide and the use of slave labor,” Senator Marco Rubio of the Republican Party said on his Twitter account.

Scott Paul, President of the American Manufacturing Industry Association, also criticized Tesla.

“I’ll be clear: Any company doing business in Xinjiang is also complicit in the cultural genocide that took place there. But Tesla’s actions are particularly vile,” Paul said.

Directed by Elon Musk, Tesla opened its showroom in the city of Urumqi on New Year’s Eve.

China is accused of “genocide and enslaving the people” against the Muslim Uyghur minority in the resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

In December, US President Joe Biden approved a law that required companies to prove that the products they import from Xinjiang were not produced by the forced Uighur minority.

Senator Marco Rubio was also one of the pioneers in the preparation of the bill.

Tesla’s opening of a showroom in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region was welcomed in China.

Some of the comments made on Weibo, the social media platform known as China’s Twitter, were as follows:

“Thank you for opening up to Xinjiang, happy new year!”

“You see, Tesla, unlike some companies, supports the development and construction of Xinjiang.”

US microchip giant Intel apologized to China last month after backlash over a letter calling on its suppliers not to use Xinjiang-based products or workforces.

There were calls for a boycott of Intel in China.

Retail giants Nike and H&M also faced backlash in China last year after they voiced concerns about the alleged forced labor of Uyghurs in cotton production.

In December 2020, the BBC published a report showing that, after extensive research, China is forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities, including the Uyghurs, to work in the cotton fields in Xinjiang.

China denies these allegations.

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