Tag: Forced Labor

I Grew Up Witnessing Forced Labor. U.S. Companies Must Step Up.

Forced labor has been a central part of China’s campaign against the Uighurs for as long as I can remember. I was born in a re-education camp at the height of China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. My father was sent to a separate forced labor camp. I grew up witnessing Uighur villagers forced by Chinese authorities […]

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U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

Tensions sharply worsened from 2009, when Uighurs taking part in ethnic riots killed about 200 Han in Urumqi, the regional capital, after earlier tensions and violence. Chinese security forces began a sweeping crackdown. Attacks and more crackdowns occurred across Uighur towns in the years afterward, as well as in some cities outside Xinjiang. Since 2017, […]

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U.S. Bans All Cotton and Tomatoes From Xinjiang Region of China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a ban on imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Xinjiang area of China, as well as all products made with those materials, citing human rights violations and the widespread use of forced labor in the region. The measure could have sweeping implications for makers of apparel […]

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Chinese Solar Companies Tied to Use of Forced Labor

Xiaojing Sun, a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said solar companies were starting to investigate their exposure to Xinjiang and reconfigure their supply chains to avoid the region if possible. In a note to investors in October, analysts at Roth Capital Partners said the solar sector faced a “heightened risk of disruption” because of […]

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With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden

A trade pact with 14 other Asian nations. A pledge to join other countries in reducing carbon emissions to fight global warming. Now, an investment agreement with the European Union. China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has in recent weeks made deals and pledges that he hopes will position his country as an indispensable global leader, even […]

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A Company Made P.P.E. for the World. Now Its Workers Have the Virus.

BANGKOK — Day after day, as the pandemic gathered force, Yam Narayan Chaudhary stood sentry for 13.5-hour shifts at Top Glove, the Malaysian company that is the world’s largest disposable glove maker. Thousands of foreign workers, many from Nepal like Mr. Chaudhary, lined up as he checked their temperatures and waved them through to the […]

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Chinese Companies to Face More Scrutiny as Bill Clears House

WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives passed legislation Wednesday that will increase oversight of Chinese companies listed on American stock markets, the latest attempt by the United States to scrutinize financial ties with China. The bill, called the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act, would require companies listed on American exchanges to disclose more information about […]

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Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

WASHINGTON — Nike and Coca-Cola are among the major companies and business groups lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, according to congressional staff members and other people familiar with the matter, as well as lobbying records that show vast spending on the […]

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China Disappeared My Professor. It Can’t Silence His Poetry.

I last saw my old professor Abduqadir Jalalidin at his Urumqi apartment in late 2016. Over home-pulled laghman noodles and a couple of bottles of Chinese liquor, we talked and laughed about everything from Uighur literature to American politics. Several years earlier, when I had defended my master’s thesis on Uighur poetry, Jalalidin, himself a […]

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Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair

The Kolyma Highway in the Russian Far East once delivered tens of thousands of prisoners to the work camps of Stalin’s gulag. The ruins of that cruel era are still visible today. By Andrew Higgins Photographs and Video by Emile Ducke The prisoners, hacking their way through insect-infested summer swamps and winter ice fields, brought […]

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Brushing off Criticism, China’s Xi Calls Policies in Xinjiang ‘Totally Correct’

Brushing aside condemnation from Western powers, China’s leader, Xi Jinping, called his policies in the ethnically divided region of Xinjiang a “totally correct” success, and vowed more efforts to imprint Chinese national identity “deep in the soul” of Uighurs and other largely Muslim minorities. Mr. Xi made the remarks during a two-day conference that ended […]

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China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

Before Xinjiang, there was Tibet. Repressive policies tested there between 2012 and 2016 were then applied to the Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in northwestern China: entire cities covered in surveillance cameras, ubiquitous neighborhood police stations, residents made to report on another other. Now that process also works the other way around. Xinjiang’s coercive labor […]

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China Is Expanding Detention Sites in Muslim Region of Xinjiang

As China faced rising international censure last year over its mass internment of Muslim minorities, officials asserted that the indoctrination camps in the western region of Xinjiang had shrunk as former camp inmates rejoined society as reformed citizens. Researchers at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute on Thursday challenged those claims with an investigation that found […]

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U.S. Restricts Chinese Apparel and Tech Products, Citing Forced Labor

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday announced new restrictions on imports of apparel, hair products and technology goods from certain Chinese companies, saying those entities had used forced labor in the Xinjiang region to make their products. The measure would allow U.S. customs agents to detain and potentially destroy goods brought into the country […]

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U.S. May Ban Cotton From Xinjiang Region of China Over Rights Concerns

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is weighing a ban on some or all products made with cotton from the Xinjiang region of China, a move that could come as soon as Tuesday as the United States looks to punish Beijing over alleged human rights violations, three people familiar with the matter said. The potential ban, […]

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German Automotive Giant Admits It Was a Nazi Accomplice

FRANKFURT — The auto parts maker Continental became the latest German company to issue a confessional study of its Nazi past Thursday, saying it was “a pillar of the National Socialist armaments and war economy” that employed around 10,000 slave laborers, often in inhumane conditions. During the war, when Continental supplied tires for military aircraft […]

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For P.O.W., Landmark Verdict Against North Korea Is Long-Overdue Justice

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — He was only 17 when Chinese troops backing North Korea overran a hill being defended by his South Korean Army squad and took him prisoner in the early hours of Dec. 28, 1951. He spent the next 40 years toiling in ​North Korean ​coal mines as a prisoner of the war […]

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Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor

On Thursday, more than 190 organizations spanning 36 countries issued a call to action, seeking formal commitments from clothing brands to cut all ties with suppliers implicated in Uighur forced labor and to end all sourcing from the Xinjiang region of China in the next twelve months. Roughly one in five cotton garments sold globally […]

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Banned Chinese Companies Deny Allegations They Abused Uighurs

WASHINGTON — Several Chinese firms and the major international brands they supply pushed back against the Trump administration’s decision to add 11 Chinese companies to a government blacklist for aiding human rights violations, saying they had found no evidence of forced labor or other abuses in their supply chains. On Monday, the Trump administration added […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Monday barred 11 new Chinese companies from purchasing American technology and products without a special license, saying the firms were complicit in human rights violations in China’s campaign targeting Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The list of sanctioned companies includes current and former suppliers to major international brands […]

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Wearing a Mask? It May Come From China’s Controversial Labor Program

If you are one of the millions of people around the world wearing a face mask because of the coronavirus pandemic, this footage may concern you. It shows a group of Uighurs arriving at a textile company that started producing masks in response to the pandemic. The Uighurs are a long-persecuted, largely Muslim ethnic minority. […]

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