The report says that China’s electric vehicle battery supply chain shows indications of forced labor

The report says that Chinas electric vehicle battery supply chain shows indications of forced labor

June 23, 2022: -Chinese companies that produce raw materials for electric vehicle batteries show indications of using forced labor, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reports that mining conglomerate Xinjiang Nonferrous Metal Industry employs hundreds of Uyghurs, an ethnic minority in China, as part of a work transfer program.

The Times reported China is acknowledging running a program that moves Uyghurs and different ethnic minorities from the south of Xinjiang to the north to work in industrial jobs.

The U.S. State Department last time noted, citing an independent researcher, that transferred workers are at risk of being forced into labor. It has also previously mentioned Chinese academic publications that “described labor transfers as a crucial is meaning to fragment Uyghur society and mitigate the ‘negative’ impact of religion.”

In social media posting a translated by the Times, Xinjiang Nonferrous said workers from predominantly Muslim minorities are lecturing on “eradicating religious extremism” and become workers who “embraced their Chinese nationhood.”

Chinese authorities have denied that the country imprisons or enslaves Uyghurs. On Tuesday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said the claims of forced labor in Xinjiang are a “huge lie made up by anti-China forces to denigrate China.”

He added that the rights of workers of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang are duly protected.

Xinjiang’s Nonferrous Metal Industry produces minerals and metals, including lithium, nickel, and copper. Meanwhile, the New York Times reported. The Times reported that it had exported metals to the United States, Germany, U.K., Japan, and India. It’s unclear whether these relationships are ongoing.

The report was published on the eve of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act taking effect in the United States. The legislation banned goods made with forced labor in Xinjiang from entering the U.S. market.

The Times reported that many companies could have a link to Xinjiang in their supply chains. If completely enforced, many products, including some needed for electric vehicles, stop at the border.

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The report says that China’s electric vehicle battery supply chain shows indications of forced labor