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Monopoly: Biden will push allies to act on forced Chinese labor in the G7

By Andrea Shalal and Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will urge its Group of 7 allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labor in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, home to minority Duy Ngo Muslim, a top White House official said Friday.

US President Joe Biden will personally attend a meeting of the G7’s advanced economies in the UK in June, where he is expected to focus on what he sees as strategic rivalry between countries. democracy and authoritarian states, especially China.

Daleep Singh, Biden’s deputy national security adviser and deputy director of the National Economic Council, said the G7 meeting in Cornwall will focus on health security, the economic response in sync with the COVID pandemic- 19, climate change-specific actions and “enhancing democratic values ​​shared in the G7.”

Singh, who is helping to coordinate the meeting, told Reuters in an interview: “These are like-minded allies and we want to take concrete and concrete actions that show their willingness to coordinate. to non-market economies, such as China.

“The big challenge for the G7 is to show that open societies, democratic societies still have the best chance of solving the biggest problems in our world, and that the autocratic regimes still have the best chance of solving the problems. Top-down rights are not the best route ”.

Mr. Singh said Washington had taken strong action against China over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, but would seek to expand efforts with G7 allies. Joint sanctions against Chinese officials allegedly abused in the province were announced by the United States, the European Union, Great Britain and Canada last month.

China denies all allegations of abuse and has responded with its own sanctions against the EU.

The details are still being discussed ahead of the meeting, Mr. Singh said, but the summit provided an opportunity for US allies to show solidarity on this issue.

“We have made our view clear that our consumers deserve to know when the goods they import are produced by forced labor,” he said. “Our values ​​need to be passed on to our transactional relationships.”

Washington will look to the G7 to take clear steps “to enhance our shared values ​​as democracy, and that certainly applies to what’s going on,” he said. Xinjiang.”

UN rights activists and experts say at least 1 million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. Western activists and some politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor, and sterilization. China says its camps provide vocational training and are needed to combat extremism.

The White House on Friday said Mr Biden will travel to the UK and Belgium in June for his first overseas trip since taking office, including a stopover at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, June 11-13.

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