Exclusive: Biden to pressure allies to act on forced labor in China at G7

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By Andrea Shalal and Trevor Hunnicutt WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will urge its Group of Seven allies to increase pressure on China over the use of forced labor in its northwestern province of Xinjiang, home to the Muslim minority Uighur, a high White House official. he said on Friday. US President Joe Biden will attend in person a meeting of the G7 advanced economies in Britain in June, where he is expected to focus on what he sees as a strategic rivalry between democracies and autocratic states, particularly 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, a synchronized economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic, concrete actions on climate change. and “elevate shared democratic values ​​within the G7.” “These are like-minded allies, and we want to take tangible and concrete actions that show our willingness to coordinate in non-market economies like China,” Singh, who is helping to coordinate the meeting, told Reuters in an interview. “The galvanizing challenge for the G7 is to show that open societies, democratic societies still have the best chance of solving our world’s biggest problems, and that top-down autocracies are not the best path,” he said. Singh said Washington has already cracked down on China over human rights abuses in Xinjiang, but will seek to expand the effort with G7 allies. Last month, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada announced joint sanctions against Chinese officials accused of abuses in the province. China denies all allegations of abuse and has responded with its own punitive measures against the EU. Singh said details were still being worked out before the meeting, but the summit offered an opportunity for US allies to show solidarity on the issue. “We have made clear our view that our consumers deserve to know when the goods they are importing are made by forced labor,” he said. “Our values ​​must be infused into our business relationships.” Washington, he said, would be looking for the G7 to take clear steps “to elevate our shared values, as democracies and, and those certainly apply to what is happening in Xinjiang.” Activists and UN rights experts say at least one million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. Activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labor and sterilization. China says its camps offer vocational training and are necessary to fight extremism. The White House said on Friday that Biden will travel to the UK and Belgium in June for his first overseas trip since taking office, including a stop at the G7 Summit in Cornwall, UK, on ​​June 11-13.

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