Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outdoors the constructing of an American firm in Beijing, China January 21, 2021.
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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed a invoice Thursday that goals to crack down on human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang area.
The legislation bans imports from Xinjiang and imposes sanctions on people chargeable for forced labor within the area. The measure marks Washington’s newest effort to curb the tough remedy of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China.
Underscoring the broad assist for addressing human rights abuses within the area, the Senate handed the invoice unanimously this month following an awesome bipartisan vote within the House.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington didn’t instantly reply to CNBC’s request for remark. Beijing has denied it has mistreated non secular and ethnic minorities within the area.
The Biden administration has beforehand described the abuse of Uyghurs and members of different Muslim minorities within the Xinjiang area as “widespread, state-sponsored forced labor” and “mass detention.”
The Biden administration has beforehand warned companies with provide chain and funding ties to Xinjiang that they may face authorized penalties. It cited rising proof of genocide and different human rights abuses within the nation’s northwest area.
In July, the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Labor, together with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, issued a warning to corporations linked even “indirectly” to the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.
The most-pointed line from the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory states that “businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments connected to Xinjiang could run a high risk of violating U.S. law.”
Earlier this month, U.S. chipmaker Intel issued a letter to its suppliers saying that it had been required to “ensure that its supply chain does not use any labor or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region.”
The letter triggered backlash in China, the place the chipmaker employs roughly 10,000 individuals.
On Thursday, Intel apologized in a brand new assertion written in Chinese. The chipmaker mentioned the choice to keep away from provides from Xinjiang was essential to adjust to U.S. legislation and never an announcement of its human rights place.
“We apologize for the trouble caused to our respected Chinese customers, partners and the public. Intel is committed to becoming a trusted technology partner and accelerating joint development with China,” the corporate wrote.
Last week, the Commerce Department imposed commerce restrictions on 30 Chinese analysis institutes. The Treasury Department introduced sanctions on eight Chinese tech entities over human rights violations.
The Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., dismissed U.S. claims as “totally groundless.”
“The United States has been making excuses to suppress and contain certain foreign companies and research institutions by applying measures such as export control,” embassy spokesperson Liu Pengyu mentioned in an announcement supplied to CNBC.
Earlier this month, the White House introduced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.”