Udayavni Special

China blasts US House bill, denies forced labour in Xinjiang


PTI, Sep 23, 2020, 5:01 PM IST

Beijing: China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a bill by the US House of Representatives that threatens sanctions over the alleged use of forced labour in China’s Xinjiang region, calling the accusation a lie.

Foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the bill “maliciously slandered the human rights situation in Xinjiang” and sought to curb development and progress in the region while stirring up ethnic divisions and interfering in China’s internal affairs.

“The so-called problem of forced labour is totally a lie fabricated by some organizations and personnel in the United States and the West,” Wang told reporters at a daily briefing.

The House voted 406-3 to declare that any goods produced in Xinjiang are presumptively made with the forced labour of detained Uighurs and other ethnic minorities, and therefore banned from being imported to the U.S.

If enacted into law, it could force companies to avoid a region that produces 80% of the cotton in China, one of the world’s top producers of the fibre, as well as tomatoes and manufactured goods.

Members of Congress say the measure is needed to press China to stop a campaign that has resulted in the detention of more than 1 million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups under brutal conditions.

Some companies and trade groups oppose a Xinjiang-wide declaration because it puts the burden on private enterprises to ensure that an often complex global supply chain is free of materials that have been produced with forced labour.

The U.S. has banned imports made with forced labour since 1930 to ensure fair trade. Enforcement has increased in recent years and US Customs and Border Protection has blocked shipments by eight companies and entities operating in Xinjiang over the past year.

The bill passed Tuesday would go further, shifting the burden to any company that operates in Xinjiang or buys goods from there to prove their goods are not tainted.

Udayavani is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel and stay updated with the latest news.

Top News

India’s COVID-19 caseload crosses 80-lakh mark

K’taka COVID-19 update: 3,146 new cases, 7384 discharges, 55 deaths on Oct 27

Union minister Smriti Irani tests positive for Covid-19

Delhi University Vice-Chancellor Yogesh Tyagi suspended by President over misconduct

Rhea’s accusations against Sushant’s sisters speculative: CBI

Charities replicate Indian kitchen model to tackle UK childhood food crisis

Indian expats can now provide local address in passports



Related Articles More

New deaths as fighting over Nagorno-Karabakh keeps flaring

Charities replicate Indian kitchen model to tackle UK childhood food crisis

Scientists find brain abnormalities in COVID-19 patients

US’ vision of Sri Lanka very different from ‘predator’ China: Pompeo

Could still deliver a Covid-19 vaccine in 2020, says Pfizer

MUST WATCH

Gadaga Accident victim arrives to vote in ambulance

Mangalore Dasara -2020 Highlights

Paschima Jagara Pooja starts at Sri Krishna Math

Mysore Dasara 2020: A Simplified Historical Jambusawari

Dasara 2020: Covid Anxiety Disrupts Mysore

Latest Additions

India’s COVID-19 caseload crosses 80-lakh mark

K’taka COVID-19 update: 3,146 new cases, 7384 discharges, 55 deaths on Oct 27

Another person held in TRP rigging scam

Mandya: More than 70 devotees fall sick after consuming temple prasadam

Surendra Bantwal murder case: Accused remanded to police custody for 5 days

Thanks for visiting Udayavani

You seem to have an Ad Blocker on.
To continue reading, please turn it off or whitelist Udayavani.