USA To Block Imports Of Cotton And Tomato Products From China’s Xinjiang

Allegations of use of forced labour in region are a prime reason for the ban.

Sohil Nikam

September 10, 2020

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The United States is all set to block imports of cotton and tomato products from China’s Xinjiang region over allegations of the use of forced labour in the province. The latest move in the US-China tussle is likely to create grave tensions between the two countries. Cotton and tomato products happen to be two of China’s major commodity exports, which means the move will strike a huge blow to Beijing. China has reacted to this issue saying Xinjiang is purely its internal affair and the US has no right to interfere.

Zhao Lijian, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has said, “I think the US is not concerned about human rights issues at all. Instead, it tried to suppress Chinese companies, undermine Xinjiang’s stability and discredit China’s Xinjiang policy under the guise of human rights. The 1.4 billion Chinese people, including the people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, have long seen through the hypocrisy and sinister intentions of the US. And the international community has also seen it very clearly.”

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