US activists urge Tesla to shutdown new Xinjiang showroom in China

US activists urge Tesla to shutdown new Xinjiang showroom in China

by Pranali Mehta

American activists are reportedly calling on US-based electric vehicle company, Tesla Inc., to shut down its new showroom in Xinjiang, China, where officials are being accused of human rights abuses against the region’s Muslim ethnic minorities.

Through such appeals, foreign corporations are being pressed to take stances on Xinjiang, Taiwan, Tibet, and other politically sensitive subjects.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the equation, businesses are also under pressure from China’s ruling Communist Party to conform to its views in their marketing as well as on their websites. the political party has targeted apparel brands and other firms that have expressed concern over the allegations of forced labor and other human rights violations in Xinjiang.

On Friday, Tesla announced the launch of its new showroom in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang through its Chinese social media account.

This week on Monday, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) demanded that Tesla and its chairman, Elon Musk, shut the showroom and ‘stop what essentially amounts to economic assistance for a genocide’.

Ibrahim Hooper, the group's communications director, claimed that no American company must operate in a territory that is the main center of a genocidal effort attacking a religious and ethnic minority.

Over the years, international hotels, airlines, as well as other corporations, have been pushed by the Chinese Communist Party to embrace its viewpoints on Taiwan's status, the island democracy regarded by Beijing as part of the territory, while also resolving views that communicate otherwise in their advertisements and on their webpages.

According to activists and international governments, a million Uyghurs and people of other, primarily Muslim minorities, have been detained in Xinjiang detention camps. Chinese authorities deny allegations of human rights violations, claiming that the centers are used for skills training and to fight extremism.

Recently, Intel Corp., the world's largest manufacturer of computer chips, had to issue a public apology for instructing suppliers to stop purchasing products from Xinjiang. The chipmaker’s apology was forced out after China’s state press criticized the business for its instructions and online comments across China’s internet urged for a boycott of all intel products.

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Pranali Mehta

A chemical engineer by qualification, Pranali Mehta dutifully walked down the slated path and worked in a chemical firm for a year. Her passion for writing however, pushed her into experimenting with the same as a career. With over three years of experience in content writ Read more...