The US has passed a law banning all imports from China’s Xinjiang region, signalling its strongest crackdown on slave labour to date and delivering a rebuke to Beijing over its treatment of Uyghur Muslims.
While the US already has legislation blocking the entry of slave-made goods, the newly-passed Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act goes further by shifting the burden of proof to importers, and will pose a fresh challenge for companies and customs officials alike.
The act was passed unanimously by the Senate on Thursday and is set to be signed by US president Joe Biden imminently.
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