The issue with China and their enslavement of Uyghur Muslims isn’t over yet, and until they are set free, the issue shouldn’t be let go. If there were a Republican majority in Congress, there would be a much different stance against human rights abuses worldwide. Unfortunately, most Democrats in Congress are bowing down to the Democrat party and whatever they want.
Democrats are trying to push a bill titled America COMPETES Act, which would put billions toward programs that have nothing to do with competing with China and would strengthen the United Nations. The House pushed it forward after Republicans made adjustments to the bill.
Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Joe Wilson (R-SC), part of the Republican Study Committee, added a forced-labor portion of the bill, and Democrats approved it. The measure was part of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s larger package of amendments.
Another section of the bill would require action against four companies involved with forced labor.
In a letter to Biden, the two said, “We are writing to respectfully request that you review whether the Chinese solar panel company LONGi, metallurgical-grade silicon and solar-grade polysilicon producer East Hope, photovoltaic materials supplier GCL New Energy, and polysilicon manufacturer Xinjiang Daqo meet the criteria for designation under the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act (as amended by the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act), the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, and any other relevant provision of law.”
Business ethics is essential in the United States, even if it isn’t elsewhere. Citizens should stop using these companies if they’re engaged in this type of behavior in the first place, much less do business with them.
Customs and Border Protection have gone as far as to ban imports from LONGi and other companies engaged in slave labor practices.
Both Republicans who wrote the letter urged Biden to take care of John Kerry’s LONGi investment over the conflict of interest. John Kerry is a fraud, and he pushes climate change disaster while taking private jets and buying million-dollar homes. It would be nice to see him being held accountable for once.
The other request is the best. The two urged Biden to put Special Designated National sanctions on China to ban Americans from trading with the companies and seize their assets. Both noted that Tesla uses LONGi for some of its products. Tesla would be worth it to select other products quickly to ensure they get them.