The United States (US) have started putting economic pressure on western region of Xinjiang in China. The US has banned the cotton imports from quasi-military organization of china citing the reason that it is involved in the forced labour of detained Uighur Muslims.
- The Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) is the leading producer of Cotton in China.
- The move is taken by the Trump administration who is in its last week of working. The decision has taken to harden the U.S. position against China so that it becomes difficult for newly elected President Joe Biden to ease the tensions between both the countries.
Recent steps by Trump Administration
Trump administration in the recent weeks has boost up action against the major Chinese state companies. It has banned access to U.S. technology and investments.
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency had considered a broader import ban on all cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang in September 2020. But, it has announced narrower bans on products from specific entities cotton and apparel producers after Trump’s defeat.
Biden’s stand on China
The new President-elect, Joe Biden, has also pledged to work with U.S. allies so as to bring pressure on China to put down the human rights and trade abuses.
Issue of Uighur Muslims
The United Nations also highlighted in the credible reports that around 1 million Muslims held in camps have been put to work. But, China denies the mistreatment of Uighurs. China states that, these camps are vocational training centers which is need of the time to fight extremism.