Jul 15, 2021 - World

China accuses Biden administration of hurting global trade

Arriving passengers are waiting to be registered and tested at a temporary space on June 30, 2020 in Kashgar, China
Arriving passengers are waiting to be registered and tested at a temporary space on June 30, 2020, in Kashgar, China. Photo: David Liu/Getty Images

China's government on Thursday accused the Biden administration of hurting global trade after U.S. lawmakers this week supported restrictions on imports from China's Xinjiang region, AP reports.

Driving the news: Bipartisan legislation passed on Wednesday by the Senate would ban imports of products from China's Xinjiang region, where the ruling Communist Party is accused of holding more than 1 million members of mostly Muslim ethnic groups in detention camps, per AP.

  • On Tuesday, the State Department and five other federal agencies issued an updated advisory warning that businesses with supply chains and investments in Xinjiang run a "high risk" of violating U.S. laws on forced labor, Axios' Zach Basu reports.
  • China's government rejected accusations by the U.S. of forced labor in Xinjiang.

What they're saying: "The so-called human rights and forced labor issues in Xinjiang are completely inconsistent with the facts," Ministry of Commerce spokesperson, Gao Feng, said, per AP.

  • "The U.S. approach has seriously undermined the security and stability of the global industrial chain and supply chain," he said. "China firmly opposes it."
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