China is widely known for using forced labor. In a swipe at the communist regime, the European Commission has proposed a prohibition on Chinese goods made by their forced labor.
Nikkei Asia reported that the proposal was made on September 14, as the EU is concerned about the human rights abuse in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.
Under the proposal, the ban should apply to all Chinese products using forced labor at any stage of their production, including working or processing related to the products.
The EU countries will have to conduct investigations to prove that the products they import use China’s forced labor in the making or processing.
If the EU authorities find a potential violation during a preliminary investigation, they will proceed with another probe on the products and companies suspected of employing forced labor.
The EU customs officials will have to suspend the circulation of the Chinese goods while investigations are carried out.
Goods found using forced labor would be seized and withdrawn from the whole EU market.
According to Nikkei Asia, the European Parliament and European Union members will discuss the proposal. It will come into effect if it is enacted after two years.
Before the EU, the United States also effectively banned the import of goods from the Xinjiang region last year.
U.S. President Joe Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in December 2021. This measure is stricter than the EU proposal as the U.S. presumes all goods from Xinjiang are made with forced labor.
Xinjiang produces a large volume of cotton and supplies much of the world’s materials for solar panels.
Tomoya Obokata, the UN Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, has recently released a report. It concluded that China is using Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups as “forced labor” in sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing in the Xinjiang region.
But Xinjiang is a small part of a labor camp system that China has built across the country to exploit its forced labor.
China, controlled by the Marxist atheist Communist Party, has detained millions of Muslim, Falun Gong practitioners, and other faith groups and forced them to work in secret detention facilities and labor camps.
The products made by these forced laborers are exported to many countries. Because of their low costs, no other country can compete fairly with “made in China” goods.