The US Senate has passed a bill on July 14 to ban the import of all the goods from the Xinxiang region of China. The ban can be waived if the importers show that the products were actually not produced with forced labor. It is the marking of the latest efforts of the US for punishing China for their poor treatment of Muslim groups and Uyghurs.
The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act requires the Department of Homeland and Security of the US to form the list of entities that are working with the government of China to suppress Uyghurs and several other groups. The ban bill would make a rebuttable presumption assuming that the products created in Xinjiang are done by forced labor. Thus, the ban will be under the 1930 Tariff Act until and unless the importers prove that this is not the case.
US Administration Criticized China over its Actions
The US administration has criticized China due to its actions against several ethnic groups, saying that they are committing crimes and genocide against humanity. UN experts in 2018 cited that nearly tens of thousands of Uyghurs are detained in China and are forced to work under the labor-transfer program. After knowing this, the US put a ban on all the solar products, cotton, and tomatoes from Xinjiang. Besides the United States, the European Union, the UK, and Canada have declared sanctions to put pressure on China so that the nation will not do ill-treatment to ethnic groups.
But China, in retaliation, claimed as always that the allegations are the biggest lie and the policies of the nation are just to lift people out of poverty, uplift the economy, and counter-extremism. The bill in the US has received unanimous consent and has to pass through the House of Representatives before going to the US president. Once it is signed by the US president, it will become law.
Marco Rubio, the Republication Senator who introduced the bill, called for faster action on the product ban bill. Rubio said that they would not overlook the ongoing crimes of CCP against humanity. He also said that they would not allow any corporation a free pass to get profit from those terrific abuses. Democrat Merkley has highlighted that no US organization should be benefitted from these abuses, and also, no consumers should be buying products or goods from slave labor.