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US Blocks Imports of Cotton, Tomato Products from Xinjiang in Crackdown on Forced Labor

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US Blocks Imports of Cotton, Tomato Products from Xinjiang in Crackdown on Forced Labor

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The United States announced on Jan. 13 it will ban all imports of cotton and tomato products from China’s Xinjiang region, in the widest action yet clamping down on forced labor of Uyghur Muslims. Customs and Border Protection (CBD) officials at all U.S. ports of entry will be required to detain cotton and tomato products grown or produced in the Xinjiang, including apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, CBD said in a statement. The order came amid intensifying scrutiny on Beijing’s forced labor practices targeting the regime’s Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. A recent report found that in 2018, at least 570,000 Uyghurs were forced to pick cotton in the region. The region supplies about 20 percent of the world’s cotton, so the order could have major impacts on the global fashion industry and its supply chains. “CBP will not tolerate the Chinese government’s exploitation of modern slavery to …

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