Tesla opens showroom in China, US organization threatens to close


Tesla decided to open its showroom in Xinjiang province of China, but with its announcement the company is facing criticism from American rights and trade group. With this, Tesla has joined companies that have previously been involved in controversies regarding doing business in Chinese territory.

According to the news agency Reuters, Xinjiang province has become the center of conflict between Western governments and China in recent years, as UN experts and rights groups estimate that Uighurs, including Muslim minorities, are more than a million. More members have been imprisoned in camps there. However, China has denied allegations of forced labor or other abuse in the province, saying the camps provide vocational training and companies should respect the policy there.

The American electric carmaker on Friday announced the opening of a showroom in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang province, on its official Weibo account. In its Weibo post, the company wrote “We meet in Xinjiang on the last day of 2021.”

Then on Tuesday, the largest US-Muslim advocacy organization Council on American-Islamic Relations criticized the move, saying Tesla was “supporting the genocide.” Let us tell you, America calls the treatment of Uighurs and Muslim minorities in China as genocide. The dispute between some other countries including the US and China has deepened so much that these countries have also decided to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics to be held in China in February.

The American Council has even written in clear words through a tweet on its official Twitter handle that “Elon Musk will have to close Tesla’s Xinjiang showroom.”

Similar criticism has come from the US trade group Alliance for American Manufacturing, and US Senator Marco Rubio, the report says.

Tesla already runs a factory in Shanghai, and is also working on ramping up production amid growing demand for Tesla in China.