The administration also decided to restrict exports from five Chinese companies due to alleged human rights violations against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang and other ethnic and religious minorities.
The move marks an escalation of US pressure on China following allegations of forced labor and human rights violations in China’s western Xinjiang region. The region is a major production hub for many companies that supply the world with the parts needed to build solar panels. Biden had pressured fellow G7 leaders to include harsh language about China’s forced labor practices earlier this month as part of their summit statement in England.
Solar power is at the heart of President Joe Biden’s plans to switch the country to greener energy, and the move aims to remove products made with forced labor from U.S. supply chains.
âThese actions demonstrate our commitment to impose additional costs on the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for engaging in cruel and inhuman forced labor practices and to ensure that Beijing respects fair trade rules within the framework of the ‘rules-based international order,’ the White House said in a statement.
The statement continues, âThe United States believes that the state-sponsored forced labor in Xinjiang is both an affront to human dignity and an example of the PRC’s unfair economic practices. The PRC’s use of forced labor in Xinjiang is an integral part of its systematic abuses. against the Uyghur population and other ethnic and religious minority groups, and tackling these abuses will remain a high priority for the Biden-Harris administration. “
âSystematic abuses go beyond forced labor to include sexual violence and large-scale forced detention, and the PRC continues to commit genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Department of Homeland Security issued a restraint order on silica products manufactured by Hoshine Silicon Industry Co., Ltd., a company located in Xinjiang, and its subsidiaries. .
The White House notes that CBP’s forced labor investigations resulted in six suspension orders in fiscal year 2021, including one on cotton and tomato products from the Xinjiang region, another on products from the Xinjiang region. Xinjiang Cotton Production and Construction Corps and one on the Dalian Ocean. Fishing Co., Ltd.
The Commerce Ministry’s Bureau of Industry and Security has also added five Chinese companies to its list of entities, which means they are now subject to individual licensing requirements and policies. These companies are: Hoshine Silicon Industry (Shanshan); New energy from Xinjiang Daqo; Xinjiang East Hope non-ferrous metals; Xinjiang GCL New Energy Material Technology and XPCC.
These companies were added to the list of entities “for participating in the practice of, accepting or using forced labor in Xinjiang and contributing to human rights violations against Uyghurs and other minority groups in Xinjiang,” according to the House. White. The White House notes that 48 Chinese companies have already been added to the entity list for their links to human rights violations in Xinjiang.
The Labor Ministry also issued a Federal Register notice updating its “List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor” to include polysilicon produced with forced labor in China, the White House said. The Ministry of Labor publishes an updated list of goods produced by child labor or forced labor in violation of international standards every two years.
The United States and its allies have stepped up pressure on China against Beijing’s alleged crackdown on Uyghurs in Xinjiang. World leaders at the Group of Seven summit earlier this month agreed to speak out against human rights violations in China and the final communiquÃ© issued after the summit expressed “concern” over the forced labor sponsored by the State.
The US State Department estimates that as many as 2 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities have passed through a vast network of detention centers across Xinjiang. Former detainees claim to have been subjected to intense political indoctrination, forced labor, torture and sexual abuse in these detention centers.
China vehemently denies allegations of human rights violations, insists camps are voluntary “vocational training centers” designed to eradicate religious extremism and terrorism