US bans all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over slave labor

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U.S. bans all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over slave labor.

Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images, FILEU.S. Customs and Border Protection said Wednesday it will detain all cotton and tomato products produced inChina’s Xinjiang province.The Withhold Release Order (WRO) issued by CBP is based on information that “reasonably indicates” the use of forced labor within China’s so-called “re-education” camps. CBP also claims China is oppressing its Muslim population in that region.

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“The goal isn’t just to interdict shipments ... that's actually the fallback plan,” Acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told reporters Wednesday. “The goal of the WRO is that they stop and that the shipments never arrive -- the ultimate goal is that China abandons these horrific practices.”

This is the fourth WRO that CBP has issued in 2021 and the second on products originating in Xinjiang. China’s Xinjiang province accounted for eight of the 13 WROs that CBP issued in 2020 -- all stemming from allegations of forced labor.CBP officials and human rights experts estimate that somewhere between 1 million to 3 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and others are being detained in what U.S. Secretary of State

has dubbed"internment camps" throughout China's Xinjiang province. There are about 1,300 of these facilities scattered throughout the region and they've allegedly forced detainees to work without compensation in nearby factories, according to those same officials.

Greg Baker/AFP via Getty Images, FILEThis file photo taken on June 2, 2019, shows a facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, in Artux, north of Kashgar in China's western Xinjiang region.Evidence from Chinese government documents and media reports indicate that hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in Xinjiang are forced to pick cotton by hand via state-mandated labor, according to a report by the Center for Global Policy published last month. The Chinese government strongly denies all claims of forced labor in Xinjiang.

“I've said this before and I'll say it again: Made in China does not just indicate a country of origin,” said Cuccinelli. “It's a warning label.”MORE: US takes new action on some Chinese exports, citing forced laborCotton is Xinjiang's largest export; cotton exports from China are approximately a $9 billion industry. Last month, CBP issued a WRO on Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, which had accounted for 17% of those cotton exports.

CBP has not yet quantified Xinjiang’s tomato export output, but China’s overall output of tomatoes is a $10 million industry, according to export data from 2019.CBP officials emphasized on the call Wednesday that most of the onus falls on importers and consumers -- urging them to diligently research their supply chains prior to purchasing items from China in general.

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“If you're buying apparel and it's considerably lower than the fair market value everywhere else, there's a reason for that,” said CBP Acting Commissioner Mark A. Morgan. “Take a few minutes, understand where it's coming from -- is it coming from this region?”

Human rights coalitions have praised the action taken from the U.S. against Beijing’s alleged abuses.MORE: Missing and incarcerated: What is happening within China’s borders?“CBP’s action is a high-decibel wakeup call to any apparel brand that continues to deny the prevalence and problem of forced-labor produced cotton from the Uyghur region,” said Scott Nova, executive director of the Workers Rights Consortium, a member of the coalition to End Uyghur Forced Labour. “The days when any major apparel brand can safely profit from Xinjiang cotton are over.”

VCG via Getty Images, FILEA worker operates a forklift truck to load bales of cotton onto a truck at a cotton warehouse on Dec. 23, 2020, in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China.Scrutiny against China’s actions in Xinjiang has mounted in recent months over allegations of forced sterilization of their Uighur population that surfaced last summer.

The scrutiny made its way to social media last week, when Twitter removed acontroversial tweetby the Chinese Embassy in the U.S. In the tweet, the embassy shared an unsubstantiated report on population growth in Xinjiang and wrote that Muslim women in the province were"no longer baby-making machines," adding that the decrease in population growth had led to a drop in terrorism.

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Can the U.S. ban slave labor in all of its 50 states and territories too? A good decision. The US should give more support to East Turkistan. realjuliasong MeltsTwitter bora subir.... Great! Now let’s see if they ban domestic terrorists.... Isn't it ironic? Don't you think? 👏🏻 Is slandering others a hobby of Americans? The leaders of the United States don’t think about how many deaths and homeless people you have killed in the world. This is the most shameful

Yes! This is exactly why American companies cannot compete with China! I wonder why didn't they ban lithium and gold coming from South America! That's right! It isn't slavery when the profit is just for you! We have the audacity after we separate kids from their parents with know way of reuniting them.

😀😀 It's a start. More info here: Great. Now do apple and nike and... Odd to see this story on ABC, who is owned by Disney. China owns Disney. They are accusing China of lies. No worries the Americans will spend the next winter naked in their near-manufactured homes. 🏚️ atrzy Um. 'Penal labor in the United States is explicitly allowed by the 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: 'Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist...'

Did Ivanka not secure 4 trade deals with China for her personal organisation some time back? Will she be stymied by this or will she escape any sanctions? Hmm What punishment is needed for this country? The USA has a heart now pertaining to “slavery”...... wow! Trust me I don’t hold the USA 💯 accountable for slavery because stupid black men “they were stupid then and stupid still now” sold black people off for “trinkets” but stop with the BS. 😒

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Hang in there China, Biden is coming to the rescue That's about time they did that. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Good thing Biden has taken this harsh stance against China, oh wait America has a history with cotton farming.... Nonsense USBoycottsChinaProducts How about sneakers? Good news Look, tomatoes and cotton is fine, Slavery is not 😒 🙏 Cc:romanempire america medievil_europe nikos_koklonis

Oh damn - upon further view. DO make good, NO great teachers here in America too. Thanks. They can keep bad tomatoes - how about we ship them yours - already! Finally, a good move by the US. Now if they can only fix the slave labor problem in prisons and college sports. Trump being a baby trying to tie Biden hands when he takes office

thats good cause america needs to make everything and grow everything again right here in our own country . did you know thhat u can even find a tv repair person any more in america sad it is Will the detained cotton be entitled to bale? Meanwhile, in America... Trump probably has investment in cotton...nothing he does is for the good of the people.

How about those forced labours making face masks in California prisons? The US should ban California face masks too! WHERE IS THE WEF Kettle calling pot black Agree - 中国的事儿要你们美国管? Don't we export cotton? Wait until they here about this one company. What's its name....? Oh yeah, NIKE! Well done. BanChina BanChineseProducts BoycottChina BoycottChineseProducts ChinaMustPay ChineseVirus ChinaLiedPeopleDied

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