US hits 5 Xinjiang companies with restrictions over forced labour

Protesters urge the United States to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over China’s treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang, which they refer to as 'East Turkestan', in Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, on June 4, 2021.

THE US government banned imports of solar panel materials from a Chinese company and placed trade restrictions on four others yesterday for alleged use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region.

The White House said in a statement that Xinjiang-based Hoshine Silicon Industry Co would not be able to sell its products into the United States due to “information reasonably indicating that Hoshine used forced labour to manufacture silica-based products.”

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