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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

China criticises the United States’ Xinjiang-related import ban

China opposes the United States' Xinjiang import ban

Key takeaways:

  • A US law restricting imports from Xinjiang was denounced by the Chinese government on Friday as a violation of international law.
  • Over 1 million Uyghurs and other minorities have been imprisoned in Xinjiang, China’s northwest, according to foreign governments and researchers.

On Friday, the Chinese government denounced a US law restricting imports from Xinjiang as a violation of international law, dismissing allegations of abuses against the region’s mostly Muslim minorities as lies.

US President Joe Biden signed the measure on Thursday amid rising tensions, including calls from activists to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing in February.

It forbids American companies from importing goods from Xinjiang unless they can prove that they were not produced using forced labor.

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According to Zhao Lijian, a spokesman for China’s foreign ministry, the measure “maliciously denigrates the human rights situation in China’s Xinjiang in disregard of facts and truth.”

“It grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and violates international law and basic norms governing international relations,” Zhao said. “China strongly condemns and rejects this.”

According to foreign governments and researchers, more than 1 million Uyghurs and other minorities have been imprisoned in camps in Xinjiang, China’s northwest. Forced abortions, forced labor, and mass indoctrination have been accused of using Chinese officials.

China opposes the United States' Xinjiang import ban
China opposes the United States’ Xinjiang import ban. Image from Euronews

Chinese officials deny the allegations, claiming that the camps are for job training and counter-radicalization.

According to Zhao, the accusations are “vicious lies concocted by anti-China forces.” “People of all ethnic groups live happily and fulfilled lives there.”

Foreign shoe, clothing, and other brands that express concern about Xinjiang have been chastised by Chinese state media, which has publicized calls for boycotts of their products.

Intel Corp. apologized on Thursday for requesting that suppliers avoid sourcing goods from Xinjiang, a major source of silica used in processor chips.

The ruling party’s newspaper, the Global Times, called the company’s request “arrogant and vicious.”

Source: CTV News

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