US lawmakers link Disney CEO to ‘Mulan’ over Xinjiang connection

A group of bipartisan US lawmakers urged Walt Disney co-CEO Bob Chapek to explain the company’s connections with “security and publicity” officials from China’s Xinjiang region during the creation of the live-action war epic “Mulan”.

Disney’s $ 200 million live-action remake about a female warrior in ancient China has been in contention for being partially filmed in the Xinjiang region, where some governments, including the United Nations, have been attacked by ethnic Uigars and other Muslims in China There has been criticism. States, and human rights groups.

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Republican senators and representatives wrote in Friday’s letter, “Disney’s apparent cooperation with the People’s Republic of China (PRC) officials who are most responsible for committing atrocities – or for covering up those crimes. ”

It urged Disney to make a detailed description.

The letter was withdrawn by the Congress-Executive Commission on China (CECC), which monitors human rights and the rule of law and submitted an annual report to President Donald Trump and Congress.

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Disney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lawmakers, including former presidential candidate Marco Rubio, a Republican senator who was co-chairman of the CECC, briefed Beijing about the role of the Uygars in Xinjiang, all in the media before the filming of “Mulan” .

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“Mulan’s decision to film portions, in collaboration with local security and propaganda elements, provides muted legitimacy to criminals who may strike the genocide designation.”

China’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly denied the existential reform camps in the region, calling the facilities commercial and educational institutions, alleging that it calls on China’s military forces to destroy its Xinjiang policy .

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The lawmakers also asked Disney about the use of local labor, Uygar or other ethnic minority labor, “as well as due diligence to ensure that no forced labor was used during the making of the film.”

The film, made on Disney’s streaming service in several markets, was released in China on Friday and grossed 46 million yuan ($ 6.7 million) at the box office by 8 pm (1200 GMT).

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The Trump administration said that this week it has prepared orders to block imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang on allegations of forced labor.

(Reporting of Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by William Mallard)