In a significant move, the United States has taken action against two Chinese companies, Camel Group and Chenguang Biotech Group, over allegations of involvement in forced labour practices. The US department of homeland security made the announcement, stating that it aims to curb the use of forced labour in supply chains.
The decision comes as a response to mounting concerns about human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other minorities in China’s Xinjiang region. The US government intends to hold these companies accountable for their alleged role in what it perceives as genocide and crimes against humanity.
As part of the effort, the US has imposed a ban on items from these two Chinese firms, with the ban taking effect immediately. The objective is to prevent goods produced using forced labour in Xinjiang from entering the US market, while ensuring legitimate trade continues unaffected.
In reaction, China has rejected the allegations and strongly criticised the US decision. It vowed to take action to safeguard the rights and interests of its companies affected by the ban.
This move is in accordance with the Uyghur forced labour prevention act (UFLPA) and adds Camel Group and Chenguang Biotech Group to the entity list. The entity list now includes a total of 24 companies targeted for their suspected involvement in forced labour practices.
The US government remains committed to addressing concerns about forced labour and human rights abuses in supply chains. This situation highlights the ongoing tensions between the US and China over issues of human rights and trade practices.