U.S. bans imports from China’s Xinjiang region, citing human rights abuses

The flags of China and the US are flying outside a building in Beijing.

President Joe Biden signed a bill Thursday that will crack down on human rights abuses in China.

The legislation imposes sanctions on individuals who are responsible for forced labor in the region. The Uyghur Muslim minority in China are treated harshly by the Chinese government.

The Senate unanimously passed the bill this month, following an overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House.

CNBC asked the Chinese Embassy in Washington if they had any comment. Beijing denied that it mistreated religious and ethnic minorities.

The abuse of Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region has been described by the Biden administration as widespread, state-sponsored forced labor.

The Biden administration warned businesses that they could face legal consequences if they continued to do business in the region. There is growing evidence of human rights abuses in the northwest region.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, along with the Departments of State, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security and Labor, issued a warning to companies linked to the Chinese government.

Businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments connected to Xinjiang could run a high risk of violating U.S. law according to the most-pointed line from the Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory.

Intel sent a letter to its suppliers saying that it had to ensure that its supply chain did not use labor from the region.

The chipmaker employs 10,000 people in China.

Intel apologized in a new statement. The chipmaker said that it had to comply with U.S. law and not make a statement about its human rights position.

We apologize for the trouble we caused. Intel is committed to becoming a trusted technology partner and is speeding up joint development with China.

The Commerce Department imposed trade restrictions on Chinese research institutions. The Treasury Department imposed sanctions on eight Chinese tech companies.

The Chinese Embassy in D.C. dismissed the U.S. claims as groundless.

The United States has made excuses to suppress and contain certain foreign companies and research institutions by applying measures such as export control, according to a statement provided to CNBC.

The White House decided to boycott the Winter Olympics in Beijing due to ongoing genocide and other human rights abuses.