Headline RoundupDecember 17th, 2021

Congress Passes Bill That Bans Chinese Imports Created With Uighur Forced Labor

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The Senate unanimously approved a bill on Thursday that would ban the import of goods from China’s Xinjiang region unless businesses can prove they were produced without forced labor. 

The bill, formally known as The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, is expected to be signed by President Biden in the coming days. The legislation marks the White House's latest pushback against China's use of forced labor in Xinjiang, which has targeted Uighurs and other Muslims in the region. The Chinese government has been actively trying to curb the Muslim population over the last five years, inflicting sterilizations and abortions upon ethnic minorities. Many Uighurs have been forcefully placed in concentration camps, where some have reportedly faced torture and sexual abuse. China has continued to deny that any forced labor has occurred in Xinjiang.

Coverage of the bipartisan bill was prominent across the spectrum. Some left-rated outlets highlighted last year's report from the New York Times (Lean Left bias) that uncovered how many American corporations such as Nike, Coca-Cola and Apple launched their own lobbying campaign to weaken the legislation. Right-rated outlets criticized congressional Democrats for stalling the bill on Capitol Hill for months and failing to promptly address the "ongoing mass atrocity crimes."

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