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China: Report says products made by forced labour continue to be exported to USA, violating US law and bilateral trade agreements
Author: First Post (India), Published on: 14 August 2017
"China uses forced labour to export products to United States, says report", 9 Aug 2017
China continues to use forced labour to produce goods intended for export to the US, a violation of the American law and bilateral trade agreements, according to a report...This opacity is exacerbated by the use of middlemen companies to market the products in question for export, by US inspectors' lack of access to suspected sites and by the Chinese government's refusal to agree with the US government on what constitutes forced labour and thus which products are governed by relevant bilateral agreements, it said...
...[T]he US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had not been permitted to make site inspections in China since 2009. The report said Chinese officials routinely deny that the suspected forced labour was occurring, claiming the factories in question do not exist or that they do not make the products in question. According to the US Department of Labour, known products linked to Chinese forced labour as of September 2016 are artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments and construction nails...