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US House to vote on bill to ban imports of goods from Xinjiang into China, World News

Members of the US House of Representatives are set to vote next week on a bill to ban imports from China‘s Xinjiang region due to concerns about forced labor, Representative Jim McGovern said Thursday, sponsor of the bill.

Uyghur measures, if passed, could create a “rebuttable presumption” of forced labor in manufacturing products from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has established extensive networks of detention camps for Uyghurs and other minorities Muslim.

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“Next week is an important week for human rights,” said McGovern. “… We think it is important to change some Chinese laws, hope that they are largely human rights oriented. The Uyghur law on the prevention of forced labor, we want it. cross the finish line in one form or another. “

There has been a long-standing row between Republicans and Democrats over Uyghur legislation.

More recently, Senator Marco Rubio called for the National Defense Authorization Act or NDAA to be amended to include the measure. This has delayed the Senate’s consideration of the massive annual Pentagon drafting policies.

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Neither Rubio’s office nor his spokesperson immediately responded to a request for comment on whether the House’s passage of McGovern’s defense bill would change his position.

Biden’s Democrats have been accused by Republicans of slowing down legislation because it would complicate the president’s renewable energy agenda. However, Democrats deny this accusation.

“I just want to see a strong, much stronger approach to forced labor in Xinjiang,” Democratic Representative Dan Kildee said in a telephone interview with Reuters news agency. According to him, the national production of solar panels could be increased.

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The Chinese government denies that abuses are occurring in Xinjiang, which supplies much of the world’s solar panels. The United States government and many rights groups, however, claim genocide is taking place.

In response to growing Chinese influence, President Biden will also host a Democracies Summit next week.

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