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Volkswagen Statement on Xinjiang Plant in Urumqi

Auto News - Published on Thu, 05 Dec 2019

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Volkswagen has defended its car plant in Xinjiang, after leaked documents shed light on Chinese detention camps in the region holding over a million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Volkswagen said “It is aware of the situation in the region and is closely monitoring developments. The decision to open the plant in Xinjiang's capital city of Urumqi in 2013 was made purely on economic considerations based on the northwestern region's economic growth potential. All employees in the Urumqi factory have a contract with SAIC Volkswagen. By offering employment, we want to help improve the social environment for the people in Urumqi.”

The factory, which Volkswagen operates along with its Chinese partner SAIC, employs 650 people, a quarter of which come from ethnic minorities. The factory, which produces some 50,000 Volkswagen Santana sedans a year, is one of the group's smallest plants in the world.

Global media outlets recently released a trove of leaked Chinese government papers exposing the draconian rules governing life in the internment camps. The explosive revelations refute Bejing's longstanding claim that the camps are voluntary vocational training centres aimed at preventing extremism by teaching Mandarin and job skills.

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Posted By : Arun Huidrom on Thu, 05 Dec 2019
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