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White House says it isn't trying to weaken bill on China's Uyghurs

Stock MarketsDec 03, 2021 07:20PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -President Joe Biden's administration is not lobbying against a U.S. bill that would ban some Chinese imports over concern about forced labor among Uyghurs, which Republicans have accused Democrats of stalling, the White House said on Friday.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region, is set to be considered by the House of Representatives as soon as next week, the bill's sponsor, congressman Jim McGovern, told reporters on Thursday.

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki responded to a Washington Post report https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/12/02/congress-needs-act-xi-jinpings-genocide-now that suggested the Biden administration was telling lawmakers to slow the bill down while the White House pursues a more targeted approach, rather than a blanket ban on goods from the region, and support from other countries.

The Post article said Biden administration sources had confirmed that in an October call between Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley, a co-sponsor of the bill, Sherman made it clear the administration preferred such an approach.

It said she told Merkley that getting buy-in of allies was critical and more effective than unilateral action.

Sherman was asked at a Brookings Institution event with the chief of the European Union's diplomatic service on Friday whether the administration supported a bill banning goods from Xinjiang on the assumption they were tainted by forced labor.

"Secretary Blinken, very early on, and I have as well, have called what has occurred in Xinjiang genocide," she replied, referring to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

"We are quite concerned, and remain concerned, about the horrific human rights abuses that have taken place. And the particular amendment that you're discussing, the administration does not oppose this amendment," she said.

"We need to stand in solidarity with the Uyghurs, with religious minorities all over the world, to make sure that they can live in security and dignity."

Merkley's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the Washington Post report and Sherman's remarks.

Republicans have accused Biden's Democrats of stalling the legislation because it would complicate the president's renewable energy agenda, which requires Chinese cooperation. The Democrats deny this.

If the Uyghur measure becomes law, the sponsors have said it would create a "rebuttable presumption" that all goods from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has set up a vast network of detention camps for Uyghurs and other Muslims, were made with forced labor.

China denies abuses in Xinjiang, which supplies much of the world's materials for solar panels, but the U.S. government and many rights groups say Beijing is carrying out genocide there.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio has been demanding that the measure be included as an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, delaying the Senate's consideration of the massive annual bill setting policy for the Pentagon.

White House says it isn't trying to weaken bill on China's Uyghurs
 

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Sean Livingstone
Sean Livingstone Dec 05, 2021 4:54PM ET
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Uyghur forced labor on cotton? Cotton in China is farmed by machineries. Slave robots... Sad.. Lol
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ch hon Dec 03, 2021 11:32PM ET
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usa is misleading itself by its propaganda and lies. how can you win competition based on false data. China will continue winning.
Sebastian Mollo
Sebastian Mollo Dec 03, 2021 11:32PM ET
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China is falling apart. Like any godless empire with feet of clay, like the USA.
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David9 Dec 03, 2021 11:32PM ET
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China is looking really 💪. The western media doesn't want to show this.
Jose Maderno
Jose Maderno Dec 03, 2021 9:51PM ET
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China paid plenty of money to get Joe to look the other way.  On the plus side, Joe already forgot what the fuss was all about anyway.
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David9 Dec 03, 2021 8:06PM ET
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This propaganda of forced labor will not hurt China. China is smart to be the biggest trading partners for most countries. if we want to play this game, it will not stop China. They have trade routes connected everywhere. China is playing Go while we play checkers...
James Pattison
James Pattison Dec 03, 2021 6:06PM ET
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If you are not against it out right… you are lobbying for it
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How about phase-out imports from all of China?
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Brilliant! So we see another 50% inflation and waves and waves of more looting and then we can perfectly blame it on China
 
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