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Exclusive: Biden will push allies to act on China forced labor at G7 - adviser

PoliticsApr 23, 2021 09:20PM ET
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By Andrea Shalal and Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will urge its Group of Seven allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labor in its northwestern Xinjiang province, home to the Muslim Uighur minority, a top White House official said on Friday.

U.S. President Joe Biden will attend a meeting of the G7 advanced economies in person in Britain in June, where he is expected to focus on what he sees as a strategic rivalry between democracies and autocratic states, particularly China.

Daleep Singh, deputy national security adviser to Biden and deputy director of the National Economic Council, said the G7 meeting in Cornwall would focus on health security, a synchronized economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, concrete actions on climate change, and "elevating shared democratic values within the G7."

"These are like-minded allies, and we want to take tangible and concrete actions that show our willingness to coordinate on non-market economies, such as China," Singh, who is helping to coordinate the meeting, told Reuters in an interview.

"The galvanizing challenge for the G7 is to show that open societies, democratic societies still have the best chance of solving the biggest problems in our world, and that top-down autocracies are not the best path," he said.

Singh said Washington has already taken strong actions against China over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, but would seek to expand the effort with G7 allies. Joint sanctions against Chinese officials accused of abuses in the province were announced last month by the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada.

China denies all accusations of abuse and has responded with punitive measures of its own against the EU.

Singh said details were still being worked out ahead of the meeting, but the summit offered an opportunity for U.S. allies to show solidarity on the issue.

"We've made our views clear that our consumers deserve to know when that the goods they're importing are made with forced labor," he said. "Our values need to be infused in our trading relationships."

Washington, he said, would be looking for the G7 to take clear steps "to elevate our shared values, as democracies and, and those certainly apply to what's going on Xinjiang."

Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least 1 million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilizations. China says its camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.

The White House said on Friday that Biden will travel to the United Kingdom and Belgium in June for his first overseas trip since taking office, including a stop at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, from June 11-13.

Exclusive: Biden will push allies to act on China forced labor at G7 - adviser
 

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Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 26, 2021 6:47AM ET
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"U.S. President Joe Biden will attend a meeting of the G7 advanced economies in person in Britain in June" ---- no way! now we have a normal human being as a president, our allies actually want to meet him!
George Jetson
George Jetson Apr 25, 2021 1:11PM ET
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did Jill come home yet?
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 24, 2021 3:53PM ET
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Good for biden. When communist china throws anyone who says they are unhappy in labor camps and works for change, or anyone who helps them also into labor camps, the chinese people need all the help they can get against the oppressive regime using them as slave labor.
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 24, 2021 3:51PM ET
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Contacts i have there state they are scared to say anything against the communist china regime, or theyll end up in labor camps and their families prosecuted. They are forced to suffer and no one to help.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Apr 24, 2021 10:22AM ET
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Biden is not regarded highly enough as a leader to have much influence. Another bureaucratic waste of time and money by Biden and the G7 to look good for supporters.
SL Soon
SL Soon Apr 24, 2021 4:21AM ET
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Although Xinjiang labor may not the pay as high as in the U.S. But their cost living are not high and affordable, good infrastructure surrounding, low crime rate. People are living happy there.. Whereas, the U.S labor have to face the damn high cost living nowadays, moderate infrastructure and high crime rate.
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 24, 2021 4:21AM ET
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Yu say that because if you dont youll end up in a chinese labor camp. And no one can go and ask the truth for the same reason. Being told to be happy doesnt actually mean they are.
Zack Persie
Zack Persie Apr 24, 2021 3:55AM ET
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US champion of human rights? Yeah right... tell that to the Iraqis when US decided to invade Iraq on false WMD pretext, for oil. Decades later, Iraq is still in tatters.
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 24, 2021 3:55AM ET
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When you attack america things usually dont end well for you.
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony Apr 24, 2021 3:01AM ET
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Isn't our iphones are made by forced labor or sweatshop of some sort? Mind our own chit. Couldn't care less whatever happened outside of us.
Bin Khuin Voon
Bin Khuin Voon Apr 24, 2021 2:12AM ET
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Sanction on 'forced labour' that is non-existence, what is the moral of democratic nations. This is the repeat 'nuclear weapons' in Iraq
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Apr 24, 2021 1:19AM ET
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Deport the dreamers, then you can worry about China,
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 24, 2021 1:19AM ET
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yes, nothing threaten the security of the great United States of America than a bunch of teenagers already educated in US and wanting to be citizens
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 24, 2021 1:07AM ET
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Trump already slapped sanctions on china. ole joe limps in late in the game again.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 24, 2021 1:07AM ET
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Wrong, CatholicMan. It was the Biden Administration that slapped sanctions on Chinese officials, just last month, together with the EU, Britain, and Canada. You're confusing sanctions with tariffs. All Trump did, besides a lot of name-calling, was to start a tariff war that mainly hurt American importers, while he lied to Americans about how "China was paying" even though any educated person knows that it's the importing companies who end up paying, not the exporting country.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 24, 2021 12:59AM ET
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Trying to half heartedly follow what Trump started.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi Apr 24, 2021 12:59AM ET
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what did Trump started, other than ineffective trade war and alienating US allies?
Patron Silver
Patron Silver Apr 24, 2021 12:49AM ET
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where are all the 'Biden loves china' crowd that are ape-man supporters
Catholic Man
CatholicMan Apr 24, 2021 12:49AM ET
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You got s problem, boy?
ishak ahmad
ishak ahmad Apr 24, 2021 12:21AM ET
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Modern slavery by Triad Government of China. Just like Soviet Era & their cousin North Korea.
David David
David9 Apr 24, 2021 12:21AM ET
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Give proof...
David David
David9 Apr 24, 2021 12:21AM ET
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President Xi said... it is no long for a few countries to decide and dictate to others, but the world will get to judge... the world has only one governing body and that us the UN... all others are Fake News...
Boonwong Chot
Boonwong Chot Apr 24, 2021 12:03AM ET
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NW Xinjiang is a very much developed area beyond our expectation and we saw only peaceful and happy people there.  We were in Xinjiang during June 2019.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 24, 2021 12:03AM ET
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Of course the people you saw were happy. It's not like you were allowed inside the labor camps to see the people who were basically kidnapped by the government.
Tobias Schrøder
Tobias Schrøder Apr 23, 2021 11:56PM ET
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great for gold
David JUSTIC
David JUSTIC Apr 23, 2021 11:14PM ET
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clearly these eastern countries are fussing something up to slow down China's progresses in all aspects. LOL
SL Soon
SL Soon Apr 23, 2021 10:58PM ET
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But some how, I noticed the Xinjiang labor are happier than the U.S labor.. Why ya?
la popeye
la popeye Apr 23, 2021 10:14PM ET
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people working at Amazon ....?!?
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Apr 23, 2021 9:53PM ET
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What is the difference between Robert Mugabe and the democrats? Nothing, both would do anything to stay in power
vince smith
vince smith Apr 23, 2021 9:53PM ET
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The difference is Mugabe had more pride and dignity than the democrats and wasn't afraid to admit he would do anything to stay in power.
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 23, 2021 9:53PM ET
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I think you accidentally wrote "the democrats" instead of "Trump". Trump is the one who continually lied to the public, and even tried to coerce officials, including members of the Senate, and even the VP, to go against the will of the majority of voters, and the electoral college, just so that he could stay in power.
Silence Dogood
Silence Dogood Apr 23, 2021 9:47PM ET
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oooh, I'm sure the G7 is scared to death.. lol
David David
David9 Apr 23, 2021 9:36PM ET
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Xinjiang has been clearly debunked...
Adrian White
Adrian White Apr 23, 2021 9:36PM ET
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Give us proof, David, otherwise, as you love to say, "it's only he said she said".
AA BB
AA BB Apr 23, 2021 9:13PM ET
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CIA, NED and WUC....all the same game....
 
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