US House of Representatives passes measure to curb China’s Xinjiang products

FILE PHOTO: Anti-China protests for Uighur and Muslim minorities in Washington
FILE PHOTO: People take part in a rally to encourage Canada and other countries as they see China’s treatment of its Uighur population and Muslim minority as genocide, outside Ambassador Canadian restaurant in Washington, DC, USA February 19, 2021. REUTERS / Leah Millis / File photo

December 15, 2021

By Patricia Zengerle

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday passed legislation banning imports from China’s Xinjiang region due to concerns about forced labor, part of the reason Washington continues to oppose Beijing’s move. treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority.

The measure was passed by unanimous vote, after lawmakers agreed on a compromise that eliminated differences between bills introduced in the House and Senate.

The House of Representatives last week passed its version of the bill, but that bill failed to make it to the Senate. But the Senate is expected to pass the compromise version as early as Wednesday, sending it to the White House, where President Joe Biden has said he will sign it into law.

“The Administration will work closely with Congress to implement this bill to ensure global supply chains are free of forced labour, while working for key onshore and third shore supply chains. , including semiconductors and clean energy,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.

Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate have been arguing over the Uighur law for months.

The compromise holds a provision that creates a “refutable presumption” that all goods from Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has set up a network of detention camps for Uighurs and other Muslim groups, made with forced labor, in order to prohibit such imports.

China denies abuses in Xinjiang, which supplies the world with much of the world’s raw materials for solar panels, but the US government and many human rights groups say Beijing is committing genocide there. .

Republicans have accused Biden’s Democrats of being slow to enact the legislation because it would complicate the president’s renewable energy agenda. Democrats deny that.

(Additional reporting by Michael Martina; Editing by Grant McCool and Stephen Coates) US House of Representatives passes measure to curb China’s Xinjiang products


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