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China: ‘Evil’ U.S. Anti-Slavery Law Has ‘Dealt a Big Blow’ to Our Businesses

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China’s Global Times propaganda newspaper admitted this week, citing interviews with business owners and administrators, that the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act has “dealt a big blow” to Chinese businesses in the occupied East Turkistan region where China is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic people.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), implemented this summer, is an American law that bans imports from East Turkistan, which China calls “Xinjiang,” unless the importer can prove that slavery is not present anywhere in the supply chain of that import. The law presumes that anything produced or manufactured in the region is tainted by slave labor, an assumption backed by extensive evidence that the Communist Party has used the Uyghur genocide to funnel untold numbers of concentration camp prisoners into forced labor in factories and farms across the country.

China is currently engaging in a genocide against Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz people, and others in East Turkistan fueled by the construction of upwards of 1,000 concentration camps for as many as 3 million people, where survivors say they were subjected to communist indoctrination, torture, gang rape, and slavery, among other crimes. Outside of the camps, the Communist Party has implemented a mass sterilization policy to ensure the diminution of the non-Han population and is believed to be selling Uyghurs as slaves to cotton farms and supplier factories nationwide.

While Chinese propagandists first mocked the UFLPA as doing little to stifle demand for East Turkistan products, the Global Times has more recently admitted that the law has apparently deterred not just American companies from importing the items but businesses around the world who anticipate that other free nations may soon pass their own restrictions on East Turkistan imports.

Speaking to the state-run Global Times in an article published Wednesday, the head of the China National Color Cotton Corp Liu Haifeng said that the law “has dealt a big blow to Xinjiang cotton.” About 90 percent of China’s cotton, and 20 percent of the world’s, originates in East Turkistan. Liu used the semi-official Chinese Communist Party nickname for the UFLPA, the “evil bill.”

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