US Bans Some Imports Made With Forced Labor From China's Xinjiang


Also on Monday, the United States shelved plans for a broad import ban on cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang while announcing narrower bans on products from five specific entities.

The facility was identified as the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center in Xinjiang, where CBP says it has information that "reasonably indicates" the use of prison labor to make hair products.

The U.S. actions "violate the rules of worldwide trade, and disrupt global industrial, supply and value chains", said Wang Wenbin, foreign ministry spokesman, at a daily news conference in Beijing on Tuesday.

CBP did not identify any US companies that do business with the named entities.

US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued orders freezing imports from companies that produce cotton, clothing and computer parts in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, where authorities have detained more than one million people in detention camps as part of the crackdown.

The considering a broader ban on cotton and textiles and tomatoes from Xinjiang but the new orders are a more limited step.

CBP chief Mark Morgan said officials also hope businesses look at their own supply chains, and USA consumers take a closer look at what they're buying so they can bring their own pressure to bear on China."We can use our economic power to tell businesses we will not stand by", Mr. Morgan said.

Earlier this year, the United States sanctioned several Chinese officials and a paramilitary group over their roles in overseeing abuses in Xinjiang.

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China also had agreed to buy increased quantities of US cotton under the countries' Phase 1 trade deal, which could be put at risk by a USA ban on imports from China's dominant cotton-producing region.

"We are gathering more evidence there but also just doing a more thorough legal analysis to make sure we can withstand any legal assault once we proceed with it", he said in a conference call with reporters. All WROs are publicly available and listed by country on CBP's Forced Labor Withhold Release Orders and Findings webpage.

Axios reports banned imports from Xinjiang include cotton, apparel, hair products, computer parts, and other goods.

Neither Xinjiang Junggar nor Baoding LYSZD were aware of the orders when asked on Tuesday.

The new WROs join a handful released over the previous year, and mark a major escalation of Trump administration efforts to punish Beijing for its treatment of the mostly Muslim Uighurs, whom the US believes are forced into working in plants and factories. Lacoste said it had halted shipments from that factory after those allegations, media reported.

There is plenty of room for cynicism about US motives, particularly given the disdain toward Muslim populations within the Trump administration itself and the convenient geopolitics of highlighting China's abuses, while very much turning a blind eye to, say, Saudi Arabia's.

The WROs prevent goods from being imported into the USA when there are accusations of forced labour.