Photo by Graeme Jennings-Pool/Getty Images Western businesses have exited Russia in droves since the country’s invasion of Ukraine, often citing humanitarian reasons as justification — yet many continue to maintain healthy relationships with China.
Apple announced Tuesday it would no longer sell its products in Russia and that certain services would be suspended in the country, expressing solidarity with “all of the people who are suffering” from violence; the company manufactures many of its devices in China and has lobbied on legislation aimed at curbing the use of forced labor in American supply chains.
Disney said Monday it was pausing all new theatrical releases in Russia, citing “the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis”; has collaborated with China on several projects, most notably on a $5.5 billion investment to build the Shanghai Disney Resort and filming “Mulan” in the Uyghur home province of Xinjiang.
“Corporations like Apple and Nike only seem to care about ‘human rights’ when it doesn’t seriously threaten their profit margin,” Republican Indiana Rep. Jim Banks told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “These companies lobbied in favor of Uyghur slave labor. Recent PR stunts can’t erase their years of complicity in Communist China’s genocide.”
Western businesses have exited Russia in droves since the country’s invasion of Ukraine, often citing humanitarian reasons as justification — yet many continue to maintain healthy relationships with China.
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, American and European companies, particularly in the technology and entertainment sectors, announced they would be restricting service and sales in the country, with many suspending operations altogether. However, many of these companies not only operate in China, but have been linked to alleged human rights abuses and forced labor of the Uyghur Muslim population.
Apple announced Tuesday it would no longer sell its […]
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