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U.S. enacts legislation to ban imports from Xinjiang

  • December 25, 2021
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The Saturday editions of all national dailies reported from Washington that President Biden signed into law on Thursday a bill banning goods from China’s Xinjiang region on account of the abuse of Uyghurs’ human rights, saying the law represents stronger pressure on Beijing by the Biden administration, which has referred to the Chinese oppression of the Muslim minority group as “genocide.” Since the statute will go into effect in late June, the papers conjectured that Japanese and other international companies will be forced to review their existing contracts with businesses in Xinjiang. They wrote that Japanese companies are caught between the U.S. and China, with Asahi quoting one of them as saying: “Because the Chinese government has denied that forced labor is being used, we are concerned that a decision not to use Xinjiang products will ruin our business opportunities in China.”

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