US blocks import of Chinese merchandise over ‘forced labour’


Washington, September 15

The US has banned the import of 5 items from China, together with computer-parts, cotton and hair merchandise, alleging that they’re produced in compelled labour camps within the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

Abuse of human rights

The fifth ban is on all merchandise made with labour from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Centre in Xinjiang. These items are produced utilizing compelled labour in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the place the Chinese authorities is engaged in human rights abuse, the DHS acknowledged.

The US-China relations have deteriorated after the Covid-19 outbreak, with President Donald Trump squarely blaming Beijing for permitting the illness to unfold the world over. The relations have additional worsened over allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang province, autonomy of Hong Kong, Tibet, and know-how theft. In an announcement on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) mentioned the merchandise topic to the import ban are cotton, attire, laptop elements, and hair merchandise.

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The fifth ban is on all merchandise made with labour from the Lop County Number 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Centre in Xinjiang. These items are produced with state-sponsored compelled labour in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, the place the Chinese authorities is engaged in systemic human rights abuses in opposition to the Uyghur folks and different ethnic and spiritual minorities, the DHS assertion mentioned. — PTI



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