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Real culprit of “forced labor,” the U.S. in no position to point the finger at others

There the U.S. goes again – desperately resorting to illegal sanctions on Chinese businesses under the guise of championing human rights.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on June 11 announced the addition of three Chinese companies to the so-called “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Entity List” on the excuse of “using Uyghur people as forced labor.” This means a ban on importing from these three Chinese companies.

It’s no secret to the world that the U.S. never really cares about human rights issues. If it really did, the so-called “beacon of human rights” would be addressing its deep-seated problems rampant throughout its own homeland, like racial discrimination, gun violence, and drug abuse. The last thing it would do is pointing the finger at others and waving the stick of sanctions.

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A recent news report titled Corporate America Never Really Stopped Relying on Forced Labor by Bloomberg revealed how the U.S. governments and companies exploit inmates as forced labor. Even its own media outlets have realized that they cannot sit back. It’s high time for the U.S. to face up to its forced labor problem and come up with solutions.

A self-proclaimed “defender” of human rights, the U.S. has been interfering in other countries domestic affairs by means of misinformation campaign, smear campaign, political frame-up and economic sanctions. By stark contrast, it turns a blind eye to its own human rights issues, but paraded itself as a flawless “saint.”

Take forced labor for example. In recent years, the U.S, has been distorting the truth, making baseless accusations against Xinjiang and hyped an out-and-out lie into a shabby excuse for economic sanctions on Xinjiang. This is typical of bully. The real purpose is to force people in Xinjiang out of job and stuck in poverty, and in turn to destabilize Xinjiang and contain China.

But in fact, it’s the U.S. itself that truly uses “forced labor” in manufacturing.

A sweeping Associated Press investigation published earlier this year found that the supply chains for hundreds of popular food brands like Cargill and Coca-Cola are tied to prison labor. Jennifer Turner, a U.S. human rights researcher, said prison labor is a kind of “coercive labor.” What should be boycotted by world people ought to be those products manufactured by U.S. companies with forced labor.

No glossy rhetoric could blackwash U.S. problematic history of human rights violations. From trafficking slaves from Africa and Chinese workers in history to forcing undocumented migrants and inmates into work agricultural jobs nowadays, the U.S. has been the culprit of forced labor.

China, on the other hand, has been devoting great energy to protecting the legitimate rights of its people, including those living in Xinjiang, to employment. Everything it does is in line with international labor and human rights standards, as well as people’s aspiration for a better life. Any one who visited Xinjiang knows that the “forced labor” accusation against Xinjiang is an out-and-out political lie.

World people have long been familiar with U.S. “double standards.” Such a stock-in-trade, like a fig leaf, cannot cover its malice or incompetence. It’s just a pointless struggle to fool its own people. Check The Report on Human Rights Violations in the United States in 2023, a whitepaper recently released by the State Council Information Office of China, you will know everything.