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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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Oct 20, 2021 - World

Biden's ambassador nominee: "China is not an Olympian power"

Nick Burns testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Photo: Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden's nominee to serve as ambassador to China delivered a stark assessment of the challenges the U.S. faces in confronting Beijing, but stressed that the rising superpower is "not all-powerful" and the West retains "substantial" advantages.

The big picture: Nicholas Burns, a retired career diplomat and former U.S. ambassador to NATO, used his confirmation hearing Wednesday to echo the growing bipartisan consensus that China poses "the greatest threat to the security of our country and the democratic world" in the 21st century.

Oct 21, 2021 - Sports

China pulls Celtics games after Enes Kanter criticizes Xi Jinping

Celtics center Enes Kanter. Photo: Jim Michaud/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images

China will no longer stream Boston Celtics games after center Enes Kanter called Chinese President Xi Jinping a "brutal dictator" in a social media post over the Chinese government's repressive policies in Tibet, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: Kanter's criticism of Beijing has sparked another round of trouble for the NBA in China, one of its largest and most restrictive markets.

41 mins ago - World

U.S. will give Russians written response to NATO demands, Blinken says

Blinken and Lavrov shake hands in Geneva. Photo: Russian Foreign Ministry / Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed after a meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday that the U.S. will provide written answers to Russia's security demands next week.

Why it matters: Russia claims to be waiting for "concrete answers" to its demands that NATO rule out further expansion and roll back its presence in eastern Europe before deciding its next steps on Ukraine. But the U.S. and NATO have called those proposals "non-starters," and Friday's meeting offered no breakthroughs, so it's unclear how written answers might change the equation.