A Uyghur protest in Washington, DC in 2015. | Elvert Barnes

This time, there’s the State Division’s “genocide” label to contemplate.

A brand new invoice launched within the Home of Representatives would ban all imports from the Xinjiang area of China, except they’re confirmed to not have been made utilizing compelled labor.

It’s a brand new invoice for this Congress, to be clear. A really related invoice was handed within the Home final October on a 406-3 vote earlier than it stalled within the Senate. The Senate is now contemplating a model of this laws too.

We’ve since had an election, and thus a brand new Congress, however help for this laws is prone to stay excessive. It’s not like the brand new Congressional class was elected on the promise of dismissing alleged Chinese language human rights abuses – amongst them compelled labor, sexual violence, compelled denunciation of faith and tradition, and political indoctrination – in opposition to Uyghurs and different Muslim minorities in that nation’s northwest. And, in an much more tangible signal that the American strain isn’t about to let up, the Biden administration is taking its candy time reviewing the Trump administration’s eleventh-hour choice to declare the state of affairs in Xinjiang a genocide. The brand new U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, has already agreed along with his predecessor’s declaration. He even mentioned in his affirmation listening to {that a} Xinjiang import ban can be a possible subsequent step.

And properly, right here we’re – an import ban is once more being thought of by Congress. So what to do now? China has an infinite economic system that’s solely getting extra huge, which provides it lots of weight in worldwide affairs. Xinjiang is tied straight into that economic system; international provide chains for well-known manufacturers stretch into this Chinese language province, which as we speak more and more seems to be an enormous police state. A regulation professor made the argument final month (hat tip to “engaging man” George Will) in a Wall Avenue Journal opinion that the designation mainly calls for additional motion: “Something resembling enterprise as common,” he writes, “will make a joke out of genocide.” He writes:

The State Division has made a discovering of genocide solely six instances, two of them previously quarter-century: relating to Islamic State atrocities in opposition to spiritual minorities in Syria and Iraq (2016) and Sudan’s marketing campaign in Darfur (2011). However ISIS and Sudan weren’t precisely main U.S. buying and selling companions.

That’s proper, ISIS and Sudan weren’t main companions. China is. That’s why Nike, Apple, and Coca-Cola didn’t attempt to weaken genocide findings in opposition to Sudan and Syria – they simply tried to weaken the Xinjiang export ban invoice earlier than the final Congress.

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Washington shouldn’t make a joke out of this and the Xinjiang import ban can be a transparent indication that it isn’t. Regardless of the Chinese language authorities’s efforts to censor dialogue of what’s occurring on the market, some Chinese language individuals are starting to take it critically too. We’re gonna keep watch over the import ban laws because it progresses.


For extra on what is going on in Xinjiang, take heed to AAM President Scott Paul’s interview with activist Rushan Abbas, whose sister is imprisoned in an indoctrination camp. On this episode, Scott Paul additionally chats with Penelope Kyristsis of the Employee Rights Consortium, who explains how western manufacturers are fueling this genocide.



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