Disney had no choice but to work with communist authorities in China to film in Xinjiang for its live-action remake of “Mulan” last year, a company executive has told the British government.
Disney received widespread criticism upon the release of “Mulan” this year after viewers noticed the company thanks Chinese Communist Party (CCP) groups involved in interning, sterilizing and imposing forced abortions on millions of Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.
Disney reportedly argued the CCP requires companies to work with a Chinese production company whenever filming within its borders. Disney did not explain why it saw filming in China as necessary. (RELATED: US Joins Nearly 40 Countries To Criticize China For ’21st Century Holocaust’)
“There are regulations that must be followed by all foreign film production companies wanting to operate in China,” Sean Bailey, president of Disney’s film studio, said in an Oct. 7 letter to two British politicians, according to Bloomberg. “These companies are not allowed to operate independently and must partner with a Chinese production company which is responsible for securing all film permits.”
Disney defended its cooperation with government entities accused of human-rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, saying the company