Despite recent revelations of human rights violations against the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, Volkswagen intends to continue operating its plant in Xinjiang province. “I believe that the presence of SAIC Volkswagen leads to the situation improving for people,” Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess told the German newspaper Handelsblatt (Monday edition), referring to the Saic Volkswagen joint venture there. “We travel there, and like everywhere in the world we ensure our labor standards are implemented, and that cultural and religious differences are respected.” If there were any starting points for violations, action would be taken against them, Diess continued.
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