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US targets five Chinese companies over alleged forced labour in Xinjiang

US targets five Chinese companies over alleged forced labour in Xinjiang

FILE PHOTO: Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

WASHINGTON: The Biden administration has banned US imports and restricted exports involving five Chinese companies over alleged forced labour involving Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, the White House said on Thursday (Jun 24).

Those targeted by the US Department of Commerce include Hoshine Silicon Industry Co; Xinjiang Daqo New Energy Co, a unit of Daqo New Energy Corp; Xinjiang East Hope Nonferrous Metals Co, a subsidiary of Shanghai-based manufacturing giant East Hope Group; Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Co, part of GCL New Energy Holdings Ltd; and the paramilitary Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps

The US Department of Labor separately added polysilicon produced with forced labour in China to its "List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor".

"These actions demonstrate our commitment to imposing additional costs on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for engaging in cruel and inhumane forced labour practices and ensuring that Beijing plays by the rules of fair trade as part of the rules-based international order," the White House said.

Beijing has dismissed accusations of genocide and forced labour in Xinjiang as lies.

China's foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, reacting to earlier reports of the US action, said on Thursday China will take "all necessary measures" to protect its companies' rights and interests.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey, Editing by Angus MacSwan)

Source: Reuters

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