China blasts US House of Representatives, denies forced labor in Xinjiang

China on Tuesday lashed out at the passage of a US House of Representatives bill threatening to impose sanctions on China's alleged use of forced labor in the Xinjiang region, denying the allegations.

China blasts US House of Representatives, denies forced labor in Xinjiang

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the bill maliciously denigrated the human rights situation in Xinjiang.

"The so-called problem of forced labor is definitely a lie fabricated by some organizations and officials in the  United States and the West," Wang told reporters at a daily briefing.

The House voted 406-3 to declare that any goods manufactured in Xinjiang were probably manufactured’ with the forced labor of detained Uighurs and other ethnic minorities, and therefore banned them from being imported into the United States. Is.

If the law is enforced, it could force companies to avoid the region, which produces 80% of the cotton in China, one of the world's leading fiber producers, as well as tomatoes and manufactured goods. Prepares

Members of Congress say the move is needed’ to put pressure on China to stop the campaign, which has resulted in the brutal detention of more than one million Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups.

Some companies and trade groups have opposed a major Xinjiang declaration because it puts a strain on private enterprises to ensure that a complex global supply chain is free of materials that could lead to forced labor. Developed with

To ensure fair trade, the US military has banned forced labor since 1930. Enforcement has increased in recent years, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stopped shipments through eight companies and entities operating in Xinjiang over the past year. The bill, which was passed’ on Tuesday, will be further enforced, with the burden being placed on any company operating in Xinjiang or purchasing equipment from there to prove that it is not tainted.


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