【Japan Himalaya League】 Author: Laosun  Translator: Ranting

On the evening of December 14, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the final reconciled version of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which will then be sent to the Senate for a vote.

Last week, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives. However, because the content of the House version differs from that of the Senate version of the bill of the same name, the bill still needs to be negotiated and agreed upon after being passed by both chambers before being sent back to each chamber for a vote. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act voted on Tuesday is the final reconciled version of the bill after consultation between the two chambers, and it has now been cosponsored by 110 bipartisan lawmakers.

According to the bill, the Department of Homeland Security would be required to develop a list of entities that cooperate with the Chinese Communist Party in oppressing the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang and to prohibit all goods produced through forced labor from entering the U.S. market.

Meanwhile, the final coordinated version of the bill reached a new consensus on the effective date of the ban on Xinjiang goods. The bill provides that the ban on imports of goods produced in Xinjiang will take effect 180 days after the effective date of the bill. This is significantly shorter than the 300 days provided in the original Senate version and longer than the 120 days proposed in the original House version.

The bill would also create a “rebuttable presumption” that, unless certified by U.S. authorities as free of forced labor, all products manufactured in Xinjiang are presumed to use forced labor and would therefore be banned from importation under the 1930 Tariff Act.

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In addition, the final reconciled version of the bill removes some provisions that were originally in the House text. These provisions require listed companies to disclose to the SEC any transactions with entities associated with the surveillance or detention of Uyghurs and other minority Muslims in Xinjiang.

After the House of Representatives completes its consideration of the bill, it will then move on to the Senate, where it is expected to receive a vote as early as Wednesday. The bill will be signed into law by the President after passage, completing the legislative process.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “The ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities by the Chinese (CCP) government is a challenge to the conscience of the world that requires strong and urgent action by the international community.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who has pushed hard on the Senate side for The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, said in a statement Tuesday that the bill’s requirements are basic common sense and that “if you make a product in Xinjiang, then you have to prove that there was no slave labor in the manufacturing process.”

Rubio also said, “The United States is so dependent on China (CCP) that we turn a blind eye to the slave labor that makes our clothes, solar panels and other products for us, but everything changes today.” He stressed, “It’s time to end our economic dependence on China (the CCP).”

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