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Electric car maker Tesla has been criticised in the US after opening a showroom in China’s controversial Xinjiang region. The company, headed by billionaire Elon Musk, opened the showroom in the city of Urumqi on New Year’s Eve. However, the move has been welcomed by some in China. China has been accused of slavery and genocide against the Uyghur minority group in the resource-rich western region of the country. Republican senator Marco Rubio, who sponsored a bill signed into law by President Joe Biden in December that requires firms to prove that goods imported from Xinjiang were not produced with forced labour, spoke out about Tesla’s decision. Mr Rubio tweeted: “Nationless corporations are helping the Chinese Communist Party cover up genocide and slave labour in the region.” Scott Paul, the president of the Alliance of American Manufacturing industry body, said: “I’ll be blunt: Any company doing business in Xinjiang is complicit in the cultural genocide taking place there. But Tesla’s actions are especially despicable.” Tesla did not immediately reply to a request for comment from the BBC. However, the opening of the new Tesla showroom was widely welcomed by users of China’s Twitter-like Weibo social media platform.

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