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Factbox: U.S. legislative clamp-down on products from China’s Xinjiang – Reuters

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Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside a company building in Shanghai, China November 16, 2021. REUTERS/Aly Song

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BEIJING, Dec 10 (Reuters) – U.S. legislation to ban imports from China’s western Xinjiang region passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week and could have ramifications for goods from textiles to solar panel materials.

The House passed the act on concerns over forced labour in Xinjiang, in Washington’s continued pushback against alleged abuses of the Uyghur Muslim minority by Beijing. read more

Human rights organisations have accused China of exploiting forced labour from Uyghurs and other minority groups, as well as setting up a system of detention camps.

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China has repeatedly denied the accusations and said its measures in Xinjiang are necessary to fight terrorism.

WHAT DOES THE ACT SAY?

Under the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act”, goods from Xinjiang, a region in China’s far west about the size of Mongolia and with a population of some 25 million, would be presumed to be made using forced labour, and so banned from ports of entry into the United States.

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Source: https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/us-legislative-clamp-down-products-chinas-xinjiang-2021-12-10/

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