US House passes measure clamping down on products from China's Xinjiang region

US House passes measure clamping down on products from China's Xinjiang region

9/12/2021 3:47:00 AM

US House passes measure clamping down on products from China's Xinjiang region

WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives passed legislation on Wednesday (Dec 8) to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about forced labor, one of three measures backed overwhelmingly as Washington continues its pushback against Beijing's treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority.

The Uyghur measure would create a"rebuttable presumption" that all goods from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has set up a vast network of detention camps for Uyghurs and other Muslim groups, were made with forced labor.China denies abuses in Xinjiang, but the US government and many rights groups say Beijing is carrying out genocide there.

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Republicans have accused Biden's White House and his fellow Democrats in Congress of slow-walking the legislation because it would complicate the president's renewable energy agenda.Xinjiang supplies much of the world's materials for solar panels.

The White House - and congressional Democrats - deny delaying the bills.

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