- The US will ban some imports from the Xinjiang region of China, where Beijing is perpetrating human rights abuses against minority Muslims.
- The ban applies to computer parts, cotton, clothing and hair products from four companies and one manufacturer in the Xinjiang and Anhui regions.
- The US government said the orders send a clear message that the US will not tolerate forced labor in its supply chains.
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The US government has banned the import of certain clothing, computer parts and hair products from the Xinjiang region of China, where Beijing is perpetrating human rights abuses against millions of Muslim minorities.
The ban is targeted at four companies and one manufacturing facility that make apparel, hair care products, computer parts and cotton clothing in Xinjiang and Anhui provinces. China produces around a fifth of the world's cotton, with almost 85% of its cotton coming from Xinjiang. The region is also an important source of textiles and petrochemicals.
Mark A. Morgan, Acting Commissioner for the United States Customs and Border Protection, said Monday that the executive ordered Monday "Send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illegal, inhuman and exploitative practices of forced labor in the US supply chains."
Morgan described China's forced labor camps where Uyghurs and other Muslim populations live and work little or no paymentAs "a cruel human rights violation that is totally contrary to the values we all share," the Trump administration does not inflict on foreign corporations using vulnerable people to do forced labor, while "harming American corporations that respect human rights and the rule of law . "
Kenneth Cuccinelli, acting secretary of the Ministry of Homeland Security, told reporters that "these extraordinary human rights violations require an extraordinary response", describing China's actions as "modern slavery."
– Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli (@HomelandKen) September 14, 2020
Human rights experts told Business Insider on Saturday that a potential ban on cotton imports from Xinjiang would increase pressure on the Chinese government to end abuses in the region and that it could mean "real economic costs" for Beijing.
The import ban that was first overturned by Bloombergis the latest move by the US government to force China to end suppression of Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, where Beijing is detaining over a million people.