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WASHINGTON: The United States (US) has banned hair products, cotton, computer components, and textiles from China’s Xinjiang province which are made using forced labor, media reports have said.
Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said that the DHS is combating illegal and inhumane forced labor.
Cuccinelli said that a type of modern slavery, used to make goods that Beijing then tries to import into the US.
“When China attempts to import these goods into our supply chains, it also disadvantages American workers and businesses,” Cuccinelli said.
“President Trump and this Department have, and always will, put American workers and businesses first and protect American citizens from participating in these egregious human rights violations,” Cuccinelli said.
The list of Withhold Release Orders (WRO) issued by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) also include products made with labor from the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education and Training Center, hair products made in the Lop County Hair Product Industrial Park; apparel produced by Yili Zhuowan Garment Manufacturing Co. and Baoding LYSZD Trade and Business Co.; cotton produced and processed by Xinjiang Junggar Cotton and Linen Co. in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, international media reports have said.
Likewise, computer parts made by Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co. in Anhui have been banned.
(With inputs from Agencies)