China Denies Evidence that Slaves Make Its Solar Panels

China Denies Evidence that Slaves Make Its Solar Panels

Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities employed by solar panel plants in China’s western region of Xinjiang are working “of their own will” and paid a competitive salary China’s state-run Global Times claimed Thursday, refuting recent reports from Western media outlets and think tanks alleging the minorities operate under slave labor conditions.

“All of our employees are working here out of their own will, to earn more money, to better their parents’ lives, or to provide better education to their children,” Xu Xiaoyuan, the head of human resources at Xinjiang Daqo, a raw materials producer for solar panels in Xinjiang, told the Global Times recently.

Xu said “the first word that came to her mind was ‘fallacy’ when she heard how some foreign media had linked Xinjiang’s polysilicon producers to the alleged ‘forced labor,’” according to the newspaper. Polysilicon is a raw material used in the manufacture of solar panels.

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