US bans imports from Chinese cotton firms employing slave labor

“The human rights abuses taking place at the hand of the Chinese Communist government will not be tolerated by President Trump and the American people,” DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

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The Trump administration banned cotton imports from a military-linked Chinese firm it accuses of relying on “slave labor,” as the US seeks to ramp up economic pressure on Beijing over its treatment of Muslim ethnic minority groups.

The US Department of Homeland Security said Wednesday that customs officers at American ports would impound “shipments containing cotton and cotton products originating” from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps., one of China’s largest producers. The organization — set up by the Communist Party more than 60 years ago to help develop the far western region of Xinjiang — was previously hit by Treasury Department sanctions barring it from transactions with American companies and citizens.

“The human rights abuses taking place at the hand of the Chinese Communist government will not be tolerated by President Trump and the American people,” DHS Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.US businesses shouldn’t be allowed to “profit from slave labor” he said, adding that “‘Made in China’ is not just a country of origin, it is a warning label.”

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