UK To Bring New Rules To Stop Imports From China's Xinjiang

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2021

Raab also said the United Nations needed access to China's Xinjiang region to verify allegations of forced labor and other human rights violations.

The United States has halted imports of cotton and tomato products from China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region based on information that it says reasonably indicates the use of forced labor.

In December, the U.S. Congress passed the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that assumes that all goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection certifies otherwise.

The move is the latest by the Trump administration in its final days to harden the USA position against Beijing, erecting economic penalties that would make it more hard for President-elect Joe Biden to ease U.S.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said China would "take all necessary measures to defend national interests and dignity and firmly safeguard its sovereign, security and development interests".

Cotton futures prices fell slightly on Wednesday, but traders attributed the drop to profit-taking after prices hit a two year high on a U.S. production outlook cut.

CBP officials said some 43 shipments of cotton-based products have been detained at USA entry ports since the XPCC ban was announced.

The US apparel industry had previously criticised a broad ban as impossible to enforce.

The US State Department estimates that up to two million Uyghurs, as well as members of other Muslim minority groups, have been detained in a sprawling network of internment camps in Xinjiang.

China denies the charges, saying it has "deradicalized" Xinjiang and that the region has not had a terrorist attack in four years.

According to the Telegraph report, the government is considering imposing heavier fines on companies that breach the terms of the legislation, along with new due diligence criteria that oblige firms to ensure that no one in their supply chain has been part of a forced-labour transfer scheme.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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