Chinese multinational electronics company, Xiaomi Corp, has expressed strong opposition to the Ukrainian government’s decision to include it on its list of “international sponsors of war”. The company maintained that it only provides civilian smartphones and home appliances and that it is committed to complying with local laws and regulations in the over 100 countries and regions where it operates.
In a statement released on Friday, Xiaomi said it is a global enterprise established in Beijing that believes in providing every consumer worldwide with access to communication tools and internet information. The company’s opposition to being included in Ukraine’s list of “international sponsors of war” indicates its concern over the potential impact on its business.
The move by the Ukrainian government comes amid ongoing tensions between Ukraine and Russia, with the former accusing the latter of supporting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine. The list of “international sponsors of war” includes several Chinese companies, including Huawei, which was added to the list in 2021.
Xiaomi’s response highlights the potential consequences for businesses caught up in geopolitical tensions and the importance of maintaining a positive reputation in a global market. The company’s commitment to complying with local laws and regulations in the countries it operates in reflects a growing trend among multinational corporations to prioritize ethical and responsible business practices.