US bans imports of more footwear, seafood and aluminum companies allegedly linked to forced Uyghur labor
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US bans imports of more footwear, seafood and aluminum companies allegedly linked to forced Uyghur labor

The United States has added three more companies to an entity list banning imports of goods from companies allegedly linked to Uyghur forced labor in China, according to a U.S. government notice posted online Tuesday.

The latest targets include shoemaker Dongguan Oasis Shoes Co, electrolytic aluminum maker Xinjiang Shenhuo Coal and Electricity Co and food processor Shandong Meijia Group Co, also known as Rizhao Meijia Group, according to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security notice.

“Through these actions, DHS is increasing its focus on seafood, aluminum and footwear – sectors that play an important role in Xinjiang’s economy – and ensuring that goods produced using forced labor do not enter the U.S. market,” the department said in a separate statement. statement.

Dozens of companies were added to the entity list under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which restricts imports of goods related to what the U.S. government has described as the ongoing genocide of minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region.

US officials believe that Chinese authorities have established labor camps in Xinjiang for Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. Beijing denies any abuses.

The Chinese embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

She previously called the US list “an instrument of several American politicians aimed at disrupting stability in Xinjiang and stopping China’s rise.”