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The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, announced on Tuesday the implementation of the veto on imports produced with forced labor in Xinjiang (China), in view of the repeated allegations of abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority.
The Bureau of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will thus begin to implement the law passed last year unanimously in Congress and signed by President Joe Biden, Blinken said in a statement.
The head of U.S. diplomacy underlined the U.S. commitment to combat forced labor everywhere, including in Xinjiang, where Blinken reiterated that genocide and crimes against humanity are being perpetrated.
He also assured that ending human rights abuses in China is a priority for the Biden administration.
He also reminded companies that they are prohibited from buying products made under forced labor in that region of China and called on the international community to demand that Beijing put an immediate end to the atrocities.
The State Department last year published a report on genocide in which it highlighted among the crimes perpetrated by the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang: torture, persecution and sterilization, and forced labor.