The US Senate wants to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region

The US Senate wants to ban imports from China's Xinjiang region
The Chinese flag at a mosque in Kashgar, Xinjiang, China.Reuters photo

The new law will be based on the assumption that goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made from forced labor. So it’s banned by a nearly 100-year-old law: the Tariff Act of 1930. It remains unclear when the bill will be considered by the House of Representatives.

Human rights groups, researchers, and former residents of Xinjiang say authorities in the Chinese region have enabled forced labor by restricting the movement of nearly a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities since 2016.

The bill goes beyond economic steps the United States has taken earlier to denounce human rights abuses in China, including banning the import of tomatoes and cotton from Xinjiang, among others. The United States also prohibits Americans from investing in companies linked to the Chinese military or surveillance companies. The European Union, Great Britain and Canada have also recently imposed sanctions against China.

The Chinese government passed an anti-sanctions law in June to protect the country from international sanctions, especially those imposed by the United States. Beijing has also drawn up a list of “untrustworthy entities”, which are companies that the Chinese are not allowed to do business with.

of preparing reports de Volkskrant It recently revealed how China has destroyed Uyghur mosques in Xinjiang since 2018.

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