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China is ready for the US to ban imports from Xinjiang

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After the US-sponsored Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was passed on June 21, imports of Chinese goods made in Xinjiang by forced labor will be stopped.
The Act targets goods “originating in the northern autonomous region Xinjiang”, a key manufacturing center of China.
According to the Americans, Xinjiang is home to scores of “mass internment camp” that subject thousands of Muslims minorities to forced labor and other abuses. The Chinese government denied the accusations and warned the West to stop implementing the Act because it could damage business ties between the countries.
The “Strategy to Prevent importation of goods mined, produced, or manufactured with forced labor in the People’s Republic of China” was presented by the US Department of Homeland Security to the US Congress in June 2.
What is the new Act? “The UFLPA establishes a rebuttable assumption that goods mined or produced in Xinjiang, or by an entity on UFLPA Entity List, are prohibited from U.S. Importation under 19 U.S.C. SS 1307.
Unless the US authorities are able to convince an importer of goods made in China that they did not use forced labour, US Customs and Border Protection(CBP) will “apply” the UFLPA’s rebuttable presumption on merchandise imported on or after the 21st of June 2022.
CBP will use its customs laws authority to “detain and exclude, or seize, and forfeit shipments that fall within the scope of UFLPA.” CBP will work with the industry to facilitate legitimate trade and ensure lawful goods can enter the United States as efficiently possible. The CBP will also host a series briefings to assist the industry in understanding and complying with the law.
Some sectors are most at risk from forced labour: Apparel and clothing made of cotton, polysilicon, which is used in tomatoes and tomato products, hair products including wigs and hair extensions, touch screen and other electronic components, as well as rail transportation equipment.
“Our Department is committed in ending the abhorrent practice of forcible labour around the world, even in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region that the People’s Republic of China continues the systemic oppression and abuse Uyghurs. We must fight these cruel and exploitative practices and ensure that legitimate goods are allowed to enter our ports, reaching American consumers and businesses as soon as possible.

DHS noted that the strategy had been developed in consultation and approval by the US Department of Commerce as well as the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. It was prepared pursuant Section 2(c), Public Law No. 117-78, an Act to ensure goods made in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China are not allowed to enter the United States.
American security is to ensure that American supply chains do not become contaminated by forced labour products.
DHS notes: “The assessment addresses risk of importing goods made in China with forced labour, threats that could lead to the importation forced labour-made goods from PRC, as well as procedures to reduce such threats.” Complex supply chains that cross Xinjiang’s borders are at risk of being contaminated by forced labour-made goods. The U.S. supply chain is vulnerable to such goods because of lack of visibility, the incorporation of forced labour into legitimate production processes, import prohibition, and forced labour practices targeting vulnerable populations in the PRC.
This note describes how the Chinese government uses forced labour as a manufacturing tactic. For the repression Uyghurs and Kazakhs, Kyrgyzs, Tibetans and other persecuted group members, forced labour in internment camps or other labour schemes remains a central tactic of the People’s Republic of China. As an implicit or explicit threat, the possibility of internment within these labour programs serves to compel members persecuted groups to work. Sometimes workers are moved directly from detention to factories outside and within Xinjiang. Although these workers are not taken directly from internment camp, they still work as forced labour.
The US Government has been making importers and businesses aware of the forced labour practices in Xinjiang over the past few years. DHS, along with the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Labor, Labor, and the Office of the US Trade Representative, published a “Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory”, in July 2020, to highlight the increased risks businesses face when they have supply chain or investment links to Xinjiang.
In July 2021, the business advisory was revised and strengthened. CBP issued a “Withhold Release Order” for certain products produced in Xinjiang in January 2021. The UFLPA Strategy’s release is just one of a number of steps that the Biden-Harris Administration took to address human rights violations against Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
Human Rights Watch stated that Chinese authorities had committed crimes against humanity in 2017 against Uyghurs, other Turkic Muslims, and detained as many as one-million people. They also subjected detainees and others inside and outside Xinjiang to forced labour. The new law “creates a presumption against goods made in Xinjiang or manufactured by entities in China that are linked to forced labor being eligible for import into the United States.”
China has warned the US against enforcing this new law. China warned the US administration that the new law could “severely” harm ties if it starts to reject Chinese imports.
Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry, stated to the media that the act would severely disrupt the normal cooperation between China, the US, as well as global industrial and production chain. China will not allow the US to do so if it insists.

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