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House Votes to Ban Imports From China’s Xinjiang on Forced-Labor Concern

Bipartisan agreement was reached with Senate on language of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

After locking up as many as a million people in camps in Xinjiang, Chinese authorities are destroying Uighur neighborhoods and purging the region's culture. They say they’re fighting terrorism. Their aim: to engineer a society loyal to Beijing. Photo illustration: Sharon Shi. Video: Clément Bürge

By Natalie Andrews

Updated Dec. 14, 2021 11:50 pm ET

WASHINGTON—The House voted unanimously Tuesday to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region over concerns about the use of forced labor, after a bipartisan agreement was reached with the Senate on the language of the legislation.

The bill—the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act—is expected to pass the Senate this week. Human-rights activists and some scholars say Chinese authorities have locked up a million or more Uyghurs and other minorities in internment camps as part of an ethnic-assimilation campaign.



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