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Is the US using the Uighurs’ ‘forced labour’ issue to undermine the Chinese on trade?

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On Tuesday night, the US State Department published a new ‘advisory’ warning that “businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments” in China's Xinjiang autonomous region “could run a high risk of violating US law” and accused Beijing of “genocide and crimes against humanity” in the region.

This comes after the US blacklisted 14 Chinese firms, accusing them of being complicit in human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims. The logic seems to work on the premise of guilt by association, simply assuming that all businesses – including even American ones – are complicit in forced labour there.

Joe Biden’s administration has made forced labour one of the primary issues of his presidency. It’s a noble cause and one few can disagree with in theory. But its obsessive focus on China seems to ignore other crises around the world, such as the reported 6,500 who have died in ‘forced labour-like conditions’ during construction for football’s World Cup next year in Qatar. I don’t see any US politicians calling for a boycott of this event.

Of course, forced labour is heinous and unethical and should be vehemently opposed where proven. Yet there remain significant questions concerning the US motivations regarding these alleged practices in China.

First of all, what are the claims being based on? The case for the prosecution should not be overlooked. Those who highlight........

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