The Wall Street Journal factors out that on New Year’s Eve, Tesla revealed on its Weibo web page the launch of a brand new dealership in Xinjiang, a region the place the Chinese authorities has been accused of human rights violations towards Uyghur Muslims.
Just over per week in the past, President Joe Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated in an announcement that “[we] call on the Government of the People’s Republic of China to immediately end genocide and crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”
Earlier in December, the Treasury Department sanctioned a number of Chinese corporations for his or her alleged participation in the abuses, together with drone maker DJI, blocking US investments in the corporate, and the Biden administration introduced plans for a “diplomatic boycott” throughout the Beijing Winter Olympics.
Now Tesla has a showroom in Urumqi, the region’s capital. The automaker has had an uneven relationship with China’s authorities for years, together with when it signed a deal to open a manufacturing facility in Shanghai and at first of 2021, when that manufacturing facility’s output helped push Tesla to its first annual revenue.
As the Wall Street Journal notes, the US accusations of genocide are based mostly on studies that the Chinese authorities has imprisoned over 1 million Uyghur folks and different minorities in the region, subjugating them with compelled labor, surveillance, and inhabitants controls. The Chinese authorities maintains that its “facts and truth on Xinjiang-related issues” refute the allegations and claims that it’s imposed measures like real-time GPS car monitoring to battle terrorism.
Other US corporations have been linked to the region, together with studies that Apple suppliers had used compelled labor, whereas Best Buy and Home Depot eliminated safety cameras they had been promoting after the manufacturers had been linked to surveillance. Most just lately, Intel made an announcement that it might not use labor or items sourced in the region earlier than deleting the put up and apologizing on Chinese social media websites, saying “the paragraph about Xinjiang in the letter is only for expressing the original intention of compliance and legality, not for its intention or position.”
Tesla dissolved its PR division in 2019 and has not commented on the brand new location.