- According to the ruling party’s newspaper, news, Intel’s request was “arrogant and vicious.”
- “So-called forced labour and other Xinjiang allegations are completely lies concocted by anti-China forces,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the foreign ministry.
On Thursday, Intel apologised for asking suppliers to avoid sourcing goods from Xinjiang, joining other foreign brands in facing the wrath of state media over complaints of abuses by the ruling Communist Party in the predominantly Muslim region.
According to the ruling party’s newspaper, Global Times, Intel’s request was “arrogant and vicious.” “So-called forced labour and other Xinjiang allegations are completely lies concocted by anti-China forces,” said Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for the foreign ministry.
Netizens were also outraged by Intel’s letter. Singer Karry Wang announced on China’s Twitter-like Weibo microblog service that he would no longer serve as Intel’s brand ambassador, adding in a statement that “national interests trump everything.”
Many Weibo users also urged Chinese citizens to boycott Intel, with one user going by the handle “Old Catalan” writing, “Must resist, do not buy!”
Meanwhile, China has set a 10-day deadline for entertainers and social media influencers to pay back taxes, as part of a government campaign to crack down on tax evasion and celebrity excess.
In addition, Jilin Province in northeast China is offering married couples bank loans of up to 200,000 yuan ($31,400) if they have children, joining other provinces in the roll-out of financial incentives to combat population decline.
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