Blinken warns countries to stay away from Xinjiang "forced labour" goods


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May 1, 2014
1. Berlin, Jun 23 (EFE).- United State’s secretary of state Antony Blinken on Wednesday warned countries not to benefit from alleged forced labor taking place in China’s Xinjiang province.

“I think what is incumbent upon all of us to do whatever we can to make sure that products that may be the result of forced labor are not coming into our countries and similarly we are not exporting to any countries, China or otherwise, technologies or products that can be used to repress people and deny them their human rights,” Blinken said.

During the G7 Leaders Summit in Cornwall earlier this month, leaders committed to removing forced labor products from the global supply chain after a statement by the United Nations named China’s region of Xinjiang as the main area of concern.

“We are not about containing China or holding China back. What we are about is upholding the free and open ruled-space international order that we have spent so many decades building,” Blinken added.....


2. Blinken accused Russia of "using energy as a tool, a coercive weapon against Ukraine or anyone else in Europe." Previously he had also accused China of "economic coercion" against Australia. In response, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chun Ying said at a regular press conference on the 14 May 2021 that " 'economic coercion' and 'coercive diplomacy' are the strengths and characteristics of the United States."

Since Biden assumed office, US sanctions against Chinese companies have not only coming fast and furious but also becoming increasingly malicious. Now the US sanctions against Chinese companies are mostly limited to alleged forced labour in Xinjiang. Sooner or later, it will extend its sanctions to cover the whole of China for alleged human rights violations. Hence, there will come a day when the US will force all other countries to choose sides in its geopolitical rivalry with China.

The US will tell all other countries that they cannot have the best of both worlds, that is, they will have to choose their economic and trade ties between the US or China. That will be a "if you won't die, I die" situation for both countries. It is analogous to a life-and-death struggle between two people biting each other and pulling each other's hair at the edge of the roof of a skyscraper. :eek: :mad:

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