US blocks import of Chinese products over ‘forced labour’

US blocks import of Chinese products over ‘forced labour’

The US has banned the import of five goods from China, including computer-parts, cotton and hair products

Washington, September 15

The US has banned the import of five goods from China, including computer-parts, cotton and hair products, alleging that they are produced in forced labour camps in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province.

Abuse of human rights

The fifth ban is on all products made with labour from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Centre in Xinjiang. These goods are produced using forced labour in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in human rights abuse, the DHS stated.

The US-China relations have deteriorated after the Covid-19 outbreak, with President Donald Trump squarely blaming Beijing for allowing the disease to spread across the world. The relations have further worsened over allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang province, autonomy of Hong Kong, Tibet, and technology theft. In a statement on Monday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the products subject to the import ban are cotton, apparel, computer parts, and hair products.

Trump warns Iran of retaliation

Washington: President Donald Trump has warned Iran that any attack against the US would be retaliated with “1,000 times greater in magnitude” after media reports that Tehran is planning to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani. PTI

The fifth ban is on all products made with labour from the Lop County Number 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Centre in Xinjiang. These goods are produced with state-sponsored forced labour in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government is engaged in systemic human rights abuses against the Uyghur people and other ethnic and religious minorities, the DHS statement said. — PTI

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