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China's commerce ministry calls US Xinjiang ban 'economic bullying'

China's commerce ministry calls US Xinjiang ban 'economic bullying'

FILE PHOTO: A screen shows a picture of Chinese President Xi Jinping at a traffic junction in Hotan, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China, April 30, 2021. Picture taken April 30, 2021. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo

BEIJING : China's commerce ministry said on Friday it expressed "strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition" to a U.S. ban on imports from Xinjiang region.

The ministry described the action by the United States as "economic bullying", state news agency Xinhua reported.

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday signed into law legislation that bans imports from China's Xinjiang region over concerns about forced labour. China dismisses accusations of abuses in Xinjiang.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by Andrew Heavens)

Source: Reuters

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