House of Representatives approves new measures against forced labor in China


For the second time in two weeks, the House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at curbing US imports of goods produced using forced labor by members of ethnic minorities in China.

The bill requires public companies in the United States to disclose whether their goods, or any element of their supply chains, lead to internment camps or factories suspected of using forced labor by Muslim Uyghurs or other ethnic minorities in China.

The bill was approved by 253 votes in favor and 163 against and will now be sent to the Senate.

It was preceded by the approval last week of a bill aimed at banning American imports of goods produced in the Xinjiang region of northwest China, on the presumption that they were most likely produced using forced labor.

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