New York: U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued orders on Monday that will block certain products from the Xinjiang region of China from entering the U.S. due to allegations of forced labor involved in their production, NBC news reports.
The move comes as part of the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on China for its persecution of the Uighur Muslim minority group. More than 1 million Uighurs from the western Xinjiang province are believed to be held in internment camps where they are forced to study Marxism, renounce their religion, work in factories and face abuse, according to human rights groups and first-hand accounts from Uighurs.
The bans will block goods such as cotton, computer parts, hair products and apparel made by certain Chinese producers in Xinjiang suspected to use Uighur forced labor. The order also bans all products made in a particular “re-education” camp in Xinjiang, the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center.
It should be remarked that according to Chinese FM spokesperson Zhao Lijian, China had shown with facts and numbers that issues relating to Xinjiang were by no means about human rights, ethnicity or religion, but about counter-terrorism and anti-separatism.
,,What the U.S. truly cares about is never human rights. It is just using human rights as a cover to suppress Chinese companies’’, he said.