A bipartisan bill has been reintroduced in the US House of Representatives to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region without confirmation that the goods were produced without the use of forced labor.
The initiative also allows for further sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for the oppression of Muslims.
The updated version of the bill, which was passed by the previous 406 votes to 3 in the previous House of Representatives in September, is similar to the Senate version that was resubmitted last month after it failed to pass in the previous session.
A House bill would allow the president to impose sanctions on anyone responsible for labor exploitation of the Uyghur minority or other Muslims in Xinjiang, a leading cotton and cotton producer.
The bill also requires US companies to provide financial information about interactions with Chinese firms and organizations involved in abuse. This provision is absent in the Senate version.