Biden signs bill banning goods imported from Xinjiang China by harassing Uyghurs

The move is part of a US retreat against the Beijing regime of China's small Uyghur Muslim group, Washington called for genocide.

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President Joe Biden on Thursday signed a ban on imports from China's Xinjiang province over concerns about forced labor, the White House said.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act is part of a US retreat against the Beijing regime of China's small Uyghur Muslim group, Washington called the genocide.

The bill passed Congress this month after lawmakers reached an agreement between the House and Senate version.

At the heart of the law is a "contradictory consideration" that confiscates all goods from Xinjiang, where Beijing has set up concentration camps for Uyghurs and other Muslim groups, is carried out under duress. Prevents imports unless proven otherwise.

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Some materials - such as cott on, tomato, and polysilicon used in the manufacture of solar panels - are selected "most important" for the action.

China denies harassment in Xinjian g, a major cotton producer who also supplies a wide range of solar panels.

His ambassador to Washington did no t respond to a request for comment.

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Nury Turkel, deputy chairman of the Uy ghur-American Commission on International Religious Freedom, told Reuters this month that the effectiveness of the bill would depend on Biden's commitment to ensuring it works, especially if companies want to be liquidated.

One of the co-authors of the bill, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., Said it was necessary to "send a strong and unambiguous message on genocide and the use of slaves." Some materials - such as cotton, tomato, and polysilicon used in the manufacture of solar panels - are selected "most important" for the action.

"Now ... we can finally ensure that American consumers and businesses can buy goods without unnecessarily committing themselves to the gross violation of Chinese human rights," he said in a statement.

In its last days in January, Trump officials announced the closure of all Xinjiang cotton and tomato products.

U.S. Center Customs and Border Protection estimated at that time that $ 9 billion of cotton products and $ 10 million of tomato products were imported from China last year.