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China strongly condemns U.S. ‘Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’

Protestors hold signs as they gather during a rally for Uyghur Freedom in New York on March 22, 2021. - The rally is for Uyghur Freedom, with participants calling on US President Joe Biden to "combat the Uyghur genocide through diplomacy and economic pressure". (Photo by TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP)

The enactment and enforcement of the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” by the U.S. serve to escalate American suppression against China under the guise of human rights, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. The U.S. law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region takes effect on June 21.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin told a regular press conference the ban came from a lie and that imposing sanctions on individuals and entities over Xinjiang is an attempt to perpetuate the lie.

He said the U.S. action wantonly disrupted international trade order and undermined the stability of global industrial and supply chains.

The Americans’ attempt to create forced unemployment in Xinjiang in a so-called legal form and to promote decoupling from China globally fully exposes the hegemonic essence of the U.S. to undermine human rights in the name of defending it and to break the rule in the name of preserving it.

China strongly condemns and resolutely opposes this, the spokesperson said, adding the country will take strong measures to firmly defend the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese enterprises and citizens.

“The U.S. side’s move goes against the trend of the times and is doomed to fail,” Wang said.

He reiterated that the so-called forced labor in Xinjiang is a big lie made by anti-China forces, adding it is completely contrary to the fact that the cotton and other industries in Xinjiang are mechanized on a large scale and the labor rights of the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are effectively protected.

Source : CGTN