Biden signed a law against imports from a province of China

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US President Joe Biden today signed a law banning imports from China’s Xinjiang province amid concerns about forced labor in the region, the White House said.

The bill was passed by Congress on December 16 as part of Washington’s response to Beijing’s treatment of China’s Muslim Uighur minority.

Congress voted in favor of the proposal after lawmakers reached a compromise agreement, eliminating differences between bills introduced in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Under the law, all goods made in Xinjiang – where the Chinese government has set up a network of detention camps for Uighurs and other Muslim minorities – are the product of forced labor.

China denies human rights abuses in Xinjiang, a province that supplies much of its photovoltaic materials around the world, but the US government and many organizations have blamed Beijing for genocide in the region.

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