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Biden bans goods from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region over forced labor

The Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act was signed by President Biden as part of the US opposition to the Muslim minority in Beijing in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also estimated that about $ 9 billion in cotton and $ 10 million in tomato products were imported from China over the past year. (Reuters)

US President Joe Biden has signed a law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region because of concerns about forced labor.

According to the White House, Biden signed the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act on Thursday.

The law is part of the US opposition to Beijing’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China. Washington labeled genocide..

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“This is the most important and influential action the United States has ever taken to make the Chinese Communist Party responsible for the use of slave labor,” Rubio said after signing.

Rubio said the law would “fundamentally change” the relationship between Washington and Beijing, “it also needs to prevent Americans from unknowingly buying goods made by Chinese slaves.” rice field.

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“high priority”

The key to the bill is that human rights activists assume that all goods from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where Beijing has set up detention camps for Uighurs and other Muslim groups, are made by forced labor. Estimate. “

Some products- Cotton etc.Polysilicon used in the manufacture of, tomatoes, and solar panels has been designated as a “high priority” for enforcement measures.

Some US companies have expressed concern about legislation banning the import of all goods from the autonomous region unless the company provides verifiable evidence that production does not include forced labor.

An estimated 20% of clothing imported into the United States each year contains cotton from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

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Abuse in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

The bill also requires the US president to impose sanctions on Chinese authorities responsible for human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Human rights groups and foreign governments state that Uighur Muslims in the region have been abused for years because of their identity and culture.

At least one million Uighurs have been unwillingly detained where critics call places of indoctrination, ill-treatment and torture, although Beijing calls them “vocational training centers,” according to UN data. ing.

Beijing denied any misconduct and dismissed the claim as “a lie and (a) a political virus.”

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Source: TRT World and distributors

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