US prolonged trade war against China | By Zulkafil Hassan Khan

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US prolonged trade war against China

THE government of the US has enforced Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act on June 2022 which President Joe Biden signed into law in December 2021.

However, the Kharon, an international data firm has pinpointed Xinjiang as a central hub for world market raw material and thereby numerous industries are unavoidably linked with Uyghur so-called forced labour.

20% of global cotton, 40% of the world’s supply of polysilicon for solar panels and 13% of the global output of wind turbines are manufactured in Xinjiang.

25% of tomato paste, 11% of walnuts and 10% of the world’s rayon also originate from the region.

Thus Xinjiang has become a global manufacturing hub and reliable supply chain. It seems that the US intentionally prolonged its trade war with China which is anti-internationalism, anti-globalization and against the true spirit of WTO and free trade doctrine.

Its protective economic nationalism has already ruined international corporate sector and its brand war is creating numerous problems for the producers, consumers and market middle forces.

The US has been notorious for unilateral misadventures, social blockades and economic sanctions against opponents under the pretext of human rights violations, anti-democratic norms and gender discriminations etc.

In this regard, Cuba, Venezuela, Iran, Pakistan and many African countries have been in the line of fire.

On its part, Chinese government opposes US implementation of ‘Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’” 21 June 2022

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that China strongly condemns and firmly opposes the so-called “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” formulated by the United States.

Wang Wenbin, the spokesperson, termed it as a huge lie concocted by anti-China forces to smear China.

It is completely contrary to the fact that the labor rights and interests of people of all ethnic groups in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are duly guaranteed. Most recently, the US customs seized some Skechers products made in China.

It said that Oasis Shoes Co., LTD, a Chinese partner of the company which employs Uighurs and other ethnic minorities, had engaged in so-called “forced Labour” under the so-called Uighur Forced Labour Prevention Act.

In order to complain to the US Customs, Skechers commissioned the relevant partner to conduct an independent investigation of its product supply chain in China.

The investigation results showed that there was no evidence that the company had the situation described by the US Customs.

It reconfirms that the US act on Xinjiang is unilateralism, protectionism and bullying in the name of so-called “human rights”.

It completely violates WTO principles, seriously undermines the international economic and trade order and free trade rules, and will seriously harm the vital interests of businesses and consumers of the two countries.

It will seriously undermine the basic human rights of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, China, including their rights to subsistence and development. It will also strain the global supply chain and affect the global economic recovery.

To conclude earlier this month, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian has so-called “Uygur forced labour prevention act” to respond, criticized the bill despite the fact that malicious slander China’s human rights situation in Xinjiang, gross interference in China’s internal affairs, a serious violation of international law and basic principles in international relations, against market rules and business ethics, China is firmly opposed.

 

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