UK To Bring New Rules To Stop Imports From China's Xinjiang

Modesto Morganelli
Gennaio 14, 2021

"This package put together will help make sure that no British organisations, government or private sector, deliberately or inadvertently are profiting from, or contributing to, human rights violations against the Uyghurs or other minorities in Xinjiang", he said.

The move is the latest by the Trump administration in its final days to harden the USA position against Beijing, erecting economic penalties that would make it more hard for President-elect Joe Biden to ease U.S.

In December, the U.S. Congress passed the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that assumes that all goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection certifies otherwise. -China tensions after he takes office on January 20.

A Chinese court last month handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus before it spread across the globe, while others who did the same have disappeared.

The move follows a ban on cotton products from China's largest producer, the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps.

The U.S. apparel industry had previously criticized a broad ban as impossible to enforce.

He said mounting evidence, including first-hand testimony and reports from nonprofit groups, supports claims of unlawful mass detention in internment camps in Xinjiang, widespread forced labour and forced sterilisation of women on an "industrial scale".

Commenting on the matter on Wednesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian Zhao said forced labor is a lie fabricated by Western countries, and stressed that it does not exist.

The UK government will also review which British products can be exported to Xinjiang, and issue new guidance "setting out the specific risks faced by companies with links to Xinjiang. underlining the challenges of effective due diligence there".

"The U.S. side resorts to pressure, sanctions and other means to suppress Xinjiang enterprises and undercut Xinjiang's stability, development and prosperity", the statement said.

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