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Chinese Textile Industry Association Asks US to 'Correct' Xinjiang Forced Labour Law

© REUTERS / BRIAN SNYDERThe flags of the United States and China fly from a lamppost in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 1, 2021.
The flags of the United States and China fly from a lamppost in the Chinatown neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 1, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.12.2021
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - China's national textile and apparel council (CNTAC) issued a statement together with its 12 subsidiary associations on Saturday, saying that the US Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act is "wrong" and should be corrected.
"We call on the United States to face up to the solemn position of the Chinese government, industry and consumers, and correct wrong legislative and administrative measures as soon as possible", the statement by CNTAC said as quoted by the broadcaster CGTN.
CNTAC reportedly said that there was no forced labour in Xinjiang and noted that the act was detrimental to China's interests and met with indignation by both the textile industry and consumers.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden signed the bill which bans the import of goods made with the allegedly forced labour of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, or members of other "persecuted groups" in China.
The US claims that 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups are being held in camps, located in Xinjiang and other parts of China, and made to work, with many factories in Xinjiang making use of this forced labour.
China's legislature, the National People's Congress, said on Friday the US accusations were "fabricated" and the law was an attempt to meddle in China's internal affairs.
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