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In the past few weeks, the Biden administration has increased sanctions against the Chinese government and blacklisted many Chinese companies that are associated with the Chinese military or are involved in exploitation.
The inhuman treatment of minority communities, especially Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, is not hidden from the world. To protest this, America has made trade a weapon. The US Senate on Wednesday passed a bill according to which America will no longer buy any goods from Xinjiang province.
Florida Senator Marco Rubio and Oregon Senator Jeff Mercalli introduced the law. After the bill was passed, he made a statement that, to Beijing and all the companies that profit from bonded labor, this message is – ‘No more’. The bill will now be sent to the House of Representatives. After it is passed, President Joe Biden will sign it and make it a law.
America will not ignore cruelty
Both lawmakers said that America will not ignore the crimes of the ruling Communist Party of China against humanity. Nor will companies now be able to profit from exploitation. Mercalli said that the Uighurs and other Muslim minority communities are being treated very cruelly in Xinjiang. The Chinese government is making them bonded labour, putting them in jail, forcibly sterilizing and forcing them to give up their religious and cultural traditions.
No American should buy such products
Merkley said that no American company should profit from exploitation. Nor should a US citizen use the products of slave labor. In the past few weeks, the Biden administration has increased sanctions against the Chinese government and blacklisted many Chinese companies that are associated with the Chinese military or are involved in this exploitation.
Many big brands make big money from bonded labor
Xinjiang’s products occupy a prominent place in the global supply chain. Nike and Coca-Cola were among the companies lobbying against the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act as it would affect their profits.
Strong warning from Biden administration
On Tuesday, the Biden administration issued an advisory warning companies that if they do business with or invest in a supply chain in Xinjiang province, they will be found guilty of violating US law on bonded labor.