US bans imports from China's Xinjiang region over forced labor concerns

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(CNN)The United States banned each goods produced successful China's occidental Xinjiang portion connected Tuesday, pursuing the enactment of a forced labour instrumentality signed by President Joe Biden past year.

The US already had respective restrictions successful spot for imports from Xinjiang, wherever rights groups accidental Uyghurs and different taste and spiritual minorities person faced a raft of quality rights abuses, including being placed successful wide internment camps.

Under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, passed astatine the extremity of 2021, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) volition present artifact each imports made successful the region. It volition besides artifact goods made by firms extracurricular the region, whose links with Xinjiang companies oregon the Xinjiang authorities marque them complicit -- successful the Department of Commerce's presumption -- successful forced labour practices.

"Importers should beryllium to authorities with 'clear and convincing evidence' that the goods are not produced by forced labour should they privation to resume the imports," the CBP said.

US bans fabric  and herb  products from China's Xinjiang portion   implicit    forced labour  concerns

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the prohibition underscores the Biden administration's committedness to combating forced labour everywhere.

"We are rallying our allies and partners to marque planetary proviso chains escaped from the usage of forced labor, to talk retired against atrocities successful Xinjiang, and to articulation america successful calling connected the authorities of the (People's Republic of China) to instantly extremity atrocities and quality rights abuses, including forced labor," Blinken said.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce responded connected Tuesday by saying it was "resolutely opposed" to the ban, which it said "gravely hurts the interests of companies and consumers successful some countries."

"The information is Chinese laws explicitly prohibition forced labor," the ministry said, adding that China volition instrumentality "necessary actions" to support its nationalist interests.

The CBP has ramped up efforts successful caller years to artifact goods from Xinjiang, nether some the Trump and Biden administrations. In 2020, the US authorities announced it would artifact imports of fabric from Xinjiang -- gathering connected different orders restricting specified products from entering the US.

Development slope  accused of lending millions to companies allegedly linked to forced labour  successful  Xinjiang

The State Department has estimated that since 2017, up to 2 cardinal Uyghurs and members of different taste groups person been imprisoned successful a shadowy web of internment camps wherever they are reportedly "subjected to torture, cruel and inhumane attraction specified arsenic carnal and intersexual abuse, forced labor, and death."

China has described the facilities arsenic "vocational grooming centers," and claimed successful 2019 specified centers had been closed. Officials person consistently denied each allegations of quality rights abuses successful Xinjiang.

Western governments and quality rights organizations person alleged that minorities successful the portion person been subjected to forced labour done occupation instauration schemes that the Chinese authorities says are aimed astatine achieving "poverty alleviation." Workers who person participated successful those occupation programs have told CNN that if they did not instrumentality the jobs they were offered, for a fraction of the accustomed complaint of pay, they were warned they would beryllium sent to camps.

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