Beijing [China], December 24 (ANI): China on Thursday firmly opposed the "Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act" that bans importing of goods into the US made with forced labour in Xinjiang.
"On December 23 local time, the US side signed the so-called Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act into law. This Act maliciously denigrates the human rights situation in China's Xinjiang in disregard of facts and truth. It seriously violates international law and basic norms governing international relations and grossly interferes in China's internal affairs. China deplores and firmly rejects this," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said in a statement, reported Sputnik.
It called on Washington to correct mistakes and stop interfering in the internal affairs of China.
This new law gives the US government new tools to prevent goods made with forced labour in Xinjiang from entering US markets and to further promote accountability for persons and entities responsible for these abuses.
The ministry also noted that the US had used Xinjiang-related issues to fabricate rumours and provoke incidents.
According to the statement, Washington, under the pretext of human rights, engaged in political manipulation and economic coercion in an effort to undermine the prosperity of Xinjiang and to hold back China's development, reported Sputnik.
"Xinjiang-related issues are purely China's internal affairs. The Chinese government and Chinese people are firmly resolved in safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests. We admonish the US to correct the mistake immediately, and stop using Xinjiang-related issues to spread lies, interfere in China's internal affairs and contain China's development," the statement said.
The ministry also stressed that China would react to the issue in the future in light of the development of the situation, reported Sputnik.
US lawmakers accuse China of arbitrarily imprisoning as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and members of other Muslim minority groups in a system of extrajudicial mass internment camps, where they are forced to produce textiles, electronics, food products, shoes, tea, and handicrafts, according to the legislation.
The Chinese government has repeatedly denied all accusations of being engaged in abuses in the Xinjiang region. (ANI)