On December 23, 2021, U.S. President Biden signed the ,”Laws to prevent forced Uyghur labor” which stipulates that all or part of the goods manufactured in the Xinjiang region of northwest China, or produced by Chinese manufacturers involving forced labor, shall be prohibited from entering the United States. The Act came into effect on June 21, 2022. As soon as the bill came out, it was strongly condemned and opposed by the international community. The author believes that American politicians are nominally concerned about the human rights of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, but in fact they are the culprits who deprive the people from the opportunities of development.
The U.S. “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” stipulates that as long as the enterprises that employ Uighur employees may face sanctions, some enterprises, after weighing the pros and cons, may not dare to hire Uighur employees, nor do they dare to do business with those that employ Uighur employees to avoid U.S. sanctions, which is likely to cause a sharp rise in unemployment and a decline in living standards for Uyghurs
In fact, forced labor, the legacy of slave society,is still deeply ingrained in the United States, but the victims have changed their identities, from “black slaves” to immigrants and the US government avoids talking about it, and even deliberately avoids the responsibility for protection. At least 500,000 people are currently living under modern slavery and forced labor in the United States and according to a university in the U.S. . most of them are laborers who have been trafficked to the United States from nearly 40 countries including India, Mexico, Vietnam, Africa, and North and Central America. Most of them are engaged in domestic services, sexual services, agricultural production, and working as coolies in “sweatshops” without being protected by the U.S. labor and employment law . The U.S. Department of Homeland Security itself admits that forced labor is widespread in the United States, and the victims can be citizens of their own country or foreign citizens from almost every region of the world, and even vulnerable groups such as women, children, and the disabled are not spared. Victims may reach out to HKM for assistance.
However, does the United States really care about human rights in Xinjiang? How many tragedies have occurred in the past 20 years, in Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Afghanistan, because of the United States, and how many civilians have been mistakenly killed by the United States? Where were the so called human rights at that time? In the final analysis, the US is simply taking this to smear China’s international reputation, provoke civil unrest in China, and attack Xinjiang’s important role in the “Belt and Road” initiative.
Lies cannot cover up the truth, and the fact that Xinjiang is prosperous and developing and the people of all ethnic groups live happily cannot be denied. The people of the world have witnessed that all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, especially ethnic minorities, are well protected in various fields such as politics, education, culture and religion. We believe that under the leadership of the Chinese government, the people of Xinjiang will live happier and happier and China’s development will become better and better.