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U.S. pressures China over Uighur forced labor

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/14/20, 05:26 pm

WASHINGTON—Evidence is mounting that China forces detained Uighurs and other minorities in the northwest Xinjiang province to work in local factories. In response, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on Monday banned imports of hair products, computer parts, cotton, and clothing from some Chinese companies in the region.

What is the goal of the ban? The restrictions “send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labor in U.S. supply chains,” CBP acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan said. The Trump administration has issued eight similar orders against China in the past year and is considering a ban on all cotton and tomatoes from Xinjiang. Reports indicate the country has interned more than 1 million Uighurs.

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Kyle Ziemnick

Kyle is a WORLD Digital news reporter. He is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Kyle resides in Purcellville, Va. Follow him on Twitter @kylezim25.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 09/15/2020 03:24 pm

    Makes sense. If we are no longer in the market for the products being produced by slaves, it may be incentive for China to end the exploitation. But slavery in Chinese factories is probably a lot more widespread than just Xinjiang. 

  • Big Jim
    Posted: Tue, 09/15/2020 05:53 pm

    Where is Uighur Lives Matter when you need them?