China warns Biden not to enforce Xinjiang import law

The Chinese government has warned the Biden administration not to enforce a new law banning imports from Xianjing province unless the products are proven not to have been made by forced labor.

What happened: Bloomberg reported that the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law, which was signed into law in December and takes effect June 21, was created in response to reports of serious human rights abuses by the Chinese government. against the Uyghur Muslim minority population.

But the Chinese government has said the new law will “seriously” damage ties if it starts rejecting Chinese imports.

“If the law is implemented, it will seriously disrupt normal cooperation between China and the United States, as well as global industrial and production chains,” the Foreign Ministry spokesperson said. Zhao Lijian said at a press briefing in Beijing on Thursday, adding that the law “will hamper China’s development.”

Zhao also warned that “if the United States insists on doing so, China will take strong measures to defend its own rights and interests as well as its dignity.” However, Zhao did not provide any details to accompany the threat.

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What happens next: The new law operates on the belief that all products made in Xinjiang were created by forced labor and insists that importers produce “clear and convincing evidence” that determines the items were not created by forced labor. of imprisoned work.

The situation in Xinjiang has been a challenge for Western companies who are not keen to displease the dodgy Chinese rulers with the slightest suggestion that all is not well in the province.

Even the impetuous talkers Elon Musk adopted a voluntary silence on the subject, whereas You’re here TSLA opened a showroom in Xinjiang’s capital, Urumqi, on December 31. News of the showroom was reported by Tesla’s China account Weibo social media platform but not shared on Musk’s favorite platform Twitter TWTR platform — and Musk also didn’t repeat the questions Benzinga had tweeted at him regarding his business dealings in Xinjiang.

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