The US Senate has passed a bill that would ban the imports from China's Xinjiang region, where Washington believes the Muslim Uyghur minority is being forced to work. Will the EU take similar actions?
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Beijing said it would "take necessary measures" in response to Washington's move to blacklist over a dozen Chinese firms. The US says the companies are linked to abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
A new law passed by Beijing is designed to give China a "legitimate base for countermeasures," to what it considers to be "unfair" foreign sanctions.
International human rights organization Amnesty International has demanded that Uyghur Muslims be released from internment camps, with witness saying that China is "trying to erase Islam."
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Labour Party has watered down a parliamentary proposal to accuse China of genocide. The Pacific nation has taken a softer stance than the US and UK.
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