The United Kingdom is preparing to ban the importation of goods on suspicion of requiring the use of forced labor by a Uygar Muslim minority in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, according to several British media.
These measures, in the context of the already strained relations between London and Beijing, should be detailed earlier this week by diplomats, Dominic Raab, designated guardians, and depots by The Sun.
According to The Guardian, the executive is considering imposing fines on companies that do not adequately control their supply chains, with the Xinjiang region being the major supplier of cotton globally.
“Where we have concerns, we raise them”
However, no sanction will be granted against Chinese officials who, according to Taliode the Sun, are involved with “re-education” camps or sterilization programs targeting Uygars.
Quoting the press, the Foreign Ministry said, “Our attitude towards China is rooted in our values and interests.” “However, where we have concerns, we raise them and take China into consideration.”
The Uygars are the main ethnic group in Xinjiang, a vast area of northwest China that has common borders with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
According to foreign experts, one lakh of them have been detained in political re-education camps in recent years.
Beijing denied this and claimed that these were vocational training centers aimed at keeping people away from the temptation of Islam religion, terrorism and separatism, as the attack came after several attacks against the Uygars.
There is already tension in relations between London and Beijing
In early January, the British department store chain Marks & Spencer promised Xinjiang not to use cotton in its clothing, a move to call for a “change” in Beijing’s treatment of Uygars.
These new measures are expected to further affect UK-China relations, particularly after bitter criticism of the pro-democracy movements in Hong Kong by London.
The British government has spoken out against the controversial National Security Act, seeing it as a serious violation of the Sino-British treaty over the handing over of the former British colony to China in 1997.