China says US is fabricating forced labor reports out of Xinjiang region

Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on September 4, 2018. (File photo: AP)

China said on Thursday that politicians in the United States are fabricating news of forced labor in the northwestern Xinjiang region, after Washington banned imports of cotton produced by the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) alleged to use the forced labor of detained Uighur Muslims.

Speaking at a daily media briefing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the US practices undermined market principles and would deprive people of jobs.

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Last Update: Thursday, 03 December 2020 KSA 11:12 - GMT 08:12