Intel CEO Doubles Down on Xinjiang Apology: ‘No Reason to Call Out One Region in Particular’

Pat Gelsinger speaks during a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 15, 2014. (Yuya Shino/Reuters)
Pat Gelsinger made the comments after his company backtracked a statement calling out forced labor in Xinjiang.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE I ntel CEO Pat Gelsinger on Monday defended his company’s decision to backtrack after initially asking suppliers to avoid sourcing components from China’s Xinjiang region, where Beijing carries out systematic forced-labor abuses. During a webinar event hosted by the Atlantic Council’s GeoTech Center, Gelsinger said there’s no reason to specify Xinjiang-specific forced-labor abusees in Intel’s notifications to suppliers because there are similar problems all over the world.

“We found that there was no reason for us to call out one region in particular anywhere in the world because there’s many regions in the world that are having issues of such a matter,”

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