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The UK can also sanction Chinese products suspected of coercion

After America, the UK can now also sanction products suspected of being forced labour.

The US government announced in mid-December that it would impose additional sanctions on Chinese biotech and security companies and government agencies over alleged human rights abuses of the Uyghur minority in Xinjiang province.

In addition, the government imposed an investment ban on US companies for SenseTime, a Chinese company that manufactures facial recognition devices, allowing Beijing to collect DNA samples from all residents of Xinjiang between the ages of 12 and 65 to crack down on Uyghurs and install an advanced security system. A nationwide system based on biometrics and facial recognition.

More and more British conservatives are now calling on the UK government to follow the Americans’ lead, and put pressure on China over its treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority. Politico.

Britain has fined companies since last year for failing to prove that their products are free from forced labour. However, critics say that this step is nothing more than a bureaucratic exercise that does not lead to sufficient tangible results.

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