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U.S. Senate passes bill to ban all products from China's Xinjiang

PoliticsJul 15, 2021 03:36AM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 3, 2018.REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

By Michael Martina

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Wednesday to ban the import of products from China's Xinjiang region, the latest effort in Washington to punish Beijing for what U.S. officials say is an ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would create a "rebuttable presumption" assuming goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless otherwise certified by U.S. authorities.

Passed by unanimous consent, the bipartisan measure would shift the burden of proof to importers. The current rule bans goods if there is reasonable evidence of forced labor.

The bill must also pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. It was not immediately clear when that might take place.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who introduced the legislation with Democrat Jeff Merkley, called on the House to act quickly.

"We will not turn a blind eye to the CCP's ongoing crimes against humanity, and we will not allow corporations a free pass to profit from those horrific abuses," Rubio said in a statement.

"No American corporation should profit from these abuses. No American consumers should be inadvertently purchasing products from slave labor," Merkley said.

Democratic and Republican aides said they expected the measure would get strong support in the House, noting the House approved a similar measure nearly unanimously last year.

The bill would go beyond steps already taken to secure U.S. supply chains in the face of allegations of rights abuses in China, including existing bans on Xinjiang tomatoes, cotton and some solar products.

The Biden administration has increased sanctions, and on Tuesday issued an advisory warning businesses they could be in violation of U.S. law if operations are linked even indirectly to surveillance networks in Xinjiang.

Rights groups, researchers, former residents and some Western lawmakers and officials say Xinjiang authorities have facilitated forced labor by detaining around a million Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim minorities since 2016.

U.S. Senate passes bill to ban all products from China's Xinjiang
 

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ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 20, 2021 9:57AM ET
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They send the product to another city , than the US…
Greek Fire
Greek Fire Jul 15, 2021 12:35PM ET
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The number of Chinese running around English websites and forums (even those for young adults and kids) internet to get people to love them is pathetic.
Richard Ching
Richard Ching Jul 15, 2021 4:14AM ET
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So when is the full blown trade war starting?
Jason Zou
Jason Zou Jul 15, 2021 2:24AM ET
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Desperately trying to slow China’s growth, no matter how dirty the trick is US would engage with, but no prevailing. Why? No brain.
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Greek Fire Jul 15, 2021 2:24AM ET
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The fact that you're on an english website proves that even you think America is number 1. You just aren't smart enough to figure that out.  If China was, you'd be on their websites. But you're not.
Jason Patcher
Jason Patcher Jul 15, 2021 2:24AM ET
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haha so true.
David David
David9 Jul 15, 2021 12:39AM ET
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China is a Lion in economic expansion.... they already have over 200M 5G users, 89% of the world's 5G users.... they are an economic powerhouse...
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Greek Fire Jul 15, 2021 12:39AM ET
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That you think a phone service means anything shows how much you don't understand about how the world works.
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Greek Fire Jul 15, 2021 12:39AM ET
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Also, David if China was so great you'd be on their websites. Instead you spend your time on American/English websites which proves even you know it's number 1
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David9 Jul 15, 2021 12:36AM ET
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Banning this and that is nothing... it is clearing this is not about human rights but because we want to disrupted and slowdown China... Xinjiang will not be disrupted because Xinjiang is at the heart of the Belt and Road... trade through Xinjiang will grow exponentially through the middle east... this is the Digital Silk Road.... let the games begin.....
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Greek Fire Jul 15, 2021 12:36AM ET
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I feel bad for the people Xinjiang, even their own citizens like you turn your back against them.  Typical Chinese.
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9divaD Jul 14, 2021 11:24PM ET
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EU will follow with words and condemnation … perhaps not with action
Hưng Nguyễn
Hưng Nguyễn Jul 14, 2021 10:59PM ET
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Banning all the products from Xinjiang only makes it worse, as the products of it come from the efforts of the workers. If the product does not sell, the effort they put in, which is already poor and miserable, is even harder. Sometime you wonder why those people are actually in the head of Government... And banning it means, the product from here will be in smaller shortage, boosting the small piece of inflation, combine everything on it and wolaaaaaaa...
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Greek Fire Jul 14, 2021 10:59PM ET
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China says they can do it alone. They are welcome to.
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Hưng Nguyễn Jul 14, 2021 10:55PM ET
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Banning all the products from Xinjiang only makes it worse, as the products of it come from the efforts of the workers. If the product does not sell, the effort they put in, which is already poor and miserable, is even harder. Sometime you wonder why those people are actually in the head of Government...
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They have been doing that to Tibetians. World dont say a thing. Uighurs r white
 
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