United Kingdom: Trade minister hints at banning Chinese imports with forced labour links
"UK hints at banning Chinese imports with forced labour links", 20 December 2021
The U.K. could follow Washington and ban goods imported from the Chinese region of Xinjiang that were made with forced labour, according to a senior British minister.
The suggestion came as a string of China-skeptic Conservative MPs lined up to urge the U.K. government to follow suit in a bid to pile pressure on the Asian giant over its treatment of the region's Uyghur Muslim minority. [...]
Britain last year announced fines for large firms that fail to show their products aren’t linked to forced labour. But critics dismissed the move as a bureaucratic exercise lacking teeth.
Trade Minister Penny Mordaunt hinted that the U.K. could go further in the wake of the U.S. move. “We keep these things under review all the time,” she told POLITICO. “I think there are some new moves afoot in that space, and it’s something I know that [the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office] are looking very, very carefully at.” [...]