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US To Ban All Products From China’s Xinjiang

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Last Wednesday, the U.S. Senate decided to block imports of goods made with forced labor in Xinjiang. The bill requires approval from the House of Representatives. On Tuesday, the Commerce Department and five other agencies warned companies with ties to the region they “run a high risk” of violating U.S. laws against forced labor. In unusually forceful language, they said Beijing carries out “genocide and crimes against humanity” in Xinjiang including imprisonment, torture, rape, forced sterilization, forced labor and “draconian restrictions” on movement and religion.

China’s government is accusing Washington on Thursday of hurting global trade after lawmakers endorsed import curbs and American companies were warned they face legal risks if they do business with the region. They rejected accusations of forced labor in Xinjiang.

According to China, USA decision will add pressures on companies that buy clothing, cotton, tomatoes, and other goods from Xinjiang, where the ruling Communist Party is accused of holding more than 1 million members of mostly Muslim ethnic groups in detention camps.

Ministry of Commerce spokesman, Gao Feng attack the so-called human rights and forced labor issues in Xinjiang of Washinton.

“The U.S. approach has seriously undermined the security and stability of the global industrial chain and supply chain,” he said. “China firmly opposes it.”

Chinese officials deny accusations of abuses in Xinjiang. They say the camps are for job training and combating radicalism.

Washington and the European Union have imposed travel and financial sanctions on Chinese officials accused of abuses in Xinjiang. The United States has blocked imports of cotton, tomatoes and materials to make solar panels from companies suspected of using forced labor.

Beijing retaliated by announcing unspecified penalties against American and European officials, a European think tank and two European researchers who study Xinjiang.

State TV called for a boycott of Swedish retailer H&M after it joined other brands in expressing concern about reports of forced labor in Xinjiang. State media have publicized calls by individual Chinese for boycotts of Nike, Adidas, Uniqlo and other global shoe and clothing brands.

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