US ban on imports from Chinese Xinjiang for forced labor comes into effect

A US law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang province went into effect on Tuesday, a move aimed at tackling Beijing’s use of forced labor among the Uyghur minority.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) gives U.S. authorities increased powers to block the importation of goods related to forced labor into China.

“As of today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will begin implementing provisions of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to prohibit forced labor imports into the United States. United of products made in Xinjiang,” the US State Department said in a statement.

“The State Department is committed to working with Congress and our interagency partners to continue to combat forced labor in Xinjiang and strengthen international coordination against this gross violation of human rights,” the statement added.

US President Joe Biden signed the law into law on December 23, 2021, after passing it with overwhelming bipartisan support in the United States Congress.

Since 2017, Chinese authorities have committed crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkish Muslims in the northwestern region of Xinjiang, detaining up to a million people and subjecting detainees and others to forced labor inside and outside Xinjiang. The new law creates a presumption that goods made in whole or in part in Xinjiang, or produced by entities in China linked to forced labor, cannot be imported into the United States.

“The new US law means it’s not business as usual for companies profiting from forced labor in China, and Xinjiang in particular,” said Jim Wormington, senior researcher and corporate accountability advocate at Human. Rights Watch (HRW). “Companies must quickly identify any link in the supply chain to Xinjiang and leave the region or risk violating US law and having their goods held up at the US border.”

A Chinese official said on Tuesday that the US ban on all imports from China‘s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region is a textbook example of economic coercion.

This decision will seriously damage the interests of Chinese and American consumers and businesses and will do no good for stabilizing global industrial and supply chains, reducing global inflation or promoting global economic recovery, a spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said in a statement. .

In firm opposition to the ban, the Chinese spokesperson said that the United States practices unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation in the name of “human rights”, which seriously undermines the principles of the market and violates World Trade Organization rules.

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