News: AFL-CIO urges U.S. to block imports of solar products from China’s Xinjiang.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The chairman of the AFL-CIO, the largest US trade union confederation, calls on Biden’s government and Congress to halt imports of solar products from China’s Xinjiang region over human rights concerns.
In letters to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said there was “compelling evidence of systematic forced labor” in solar production in Xinjiang and called for “immediate targeted action.”
“Biden’s government and Congress must act to block imports of solar products that contain polysilicon made with forced labor,” Trumka said in the March 12 letters.
The State Department and the White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The AFL-CIO was a key supporter of President Joe Biden in his victory over former President Donald Trump in the November election.
The Biden administration approved at the last minute a decision by the Trump administration that China committed genocide against Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang and said the United States should be willing to pay China costs.
Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Writing by Eric Beech; Arrangement by Michael Perry
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