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United Kingdom set to outlaw Chinese imports with links to human rights abuse

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The United Kingdom is set to go toe to toe with communist China in trade once more, the British government has outlined plans to outlaw imports with any links to human rights abuse from the Asian nation.

First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, Dominic Raab will use the Modern Slavery Act to make firms root out items which are made using forced labour.

Mr Raab will also toughen up laws around exporting British goods or technology to China that could be used for repression.

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Great Britain’s diplomatic relations with Beijing have hit a wall recently since claims China tried to cover up the COVID-19 outbreak and following attacks on democracy campaigners in Hong Kong.

Dominic Raab Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs – Google Images 

The Foreign Office has also spoken of “deeply troubling” evidence of Uyghur Muslims forced to produce cotton for the Chinese regime.

There are fears the textile industry is doing too little due diligence on goods from Xinjiang Province where the Uyghurs are forced to live in “re-education camps”.

Officials from Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea have been banned from entering Britain or using UK banks, suggestions have been made that the same pressure could be applied to Chinese officials.

Tory MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith welcomed crackdown efforts under the Modern Slavery Act but warned the steps were insufficient “to deal with the growing problem we face with China”.

The Foreign Office said last night: “Our approach to China is rooted in our values and interests.

“However, where we have concerns, we raise them and hold China to account.”

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