U.S. Slave Labor LAW – China Will Finally Pay!
China is committing genocide against the Uyghur Muslims in the country.
The Chinese Communist Party has locked up millions of minorities.
Many of the detainees are forced to work in labor camps.
The US is taking action to protect itself from China’s abuses.
(NewsReady.com) – For years, rumors persisted about the Chinese government forcing Uyghurs into internment camps. The religious sites, including graveyards and mosques, for the minorities were destroyed by the communist regime.
The US government remained relatively tight-lipped about what was happening in China until January 19, 2021, one day before then-President Donald Trump left office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo condemned the country for carrying out a genocide. When President Joe Biden took over, his administration maintained that position. A year-and-a-half later, a US law to combat the crisis is taking effect.
President Joe Biden signed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) into law in December 2021. On Tuesday, June 21, the bipartisan measure went into effect. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s office announced its implementation. Blinken’s statement said the legislation and its implementation underscores America’s “commitment to combating forced labor everywhere.”
US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are now sorting through imports to ensure prohibited items that were made by slave labor are not permitted into the country.
Under the new law, there’s a presumption that all materials and products produced in the Xinjiang region, where forced labor is taking place, are produced by slaves. Although technically products from the region are allowed into the country, that will only take place if the importers can unequivocally prove they weren’t made or harvested using slaves.
Breitbart reported that Human Rights Watch has reportedly described manufacturers’ ability to meet the new guidelines as “near[ly] impossible.” The group’s senior researcher, Jim Wormington, said the news means it’s “no longer business as usual for companies profiting from forced labor.”
China has maintained it isn’t committing genocide or oppressing Uyghurs. Voice of America reported the communist government called the allegations “vicious lies.” For years, the country has maintained the same talking points. Yet, there’s no doubt the minorities are in the camps, and they’re suffering.
Trouble for American Businesses
Although the law is great from a human rights position, it could cause some troubles for American businesses. It’s going to be hard for companies to find out exactly whether a good produced in China was made using forced labor because of the absence of third-party auditors in the country. There are some concerns companies will have to completely abandon suppliers in Xinjiang.
Peterson Institute for International Economics nonresident senior fellow Cullen Hendrix said the new law would “amount to an effective ban on imports” from the area.
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