US Accuses China Of Human Rights Abuses, Blocks Exports
Xinjiang: The US will block some exports from China's Xinjiang region, over alleged human rights abuses against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.
It says "forced labour" was used to make the products, including at a "vocational" centre it called a "concentration camp".
The export ban includes garments, cotton, computer parts and hair products from five entities in Xinjiang as well as Anhui province.
It stops short of a wider regional ban.
"These extraordinary human rights violations demand an extraordinary response," Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary told reporters. "This is modern-day slavery," he said.
The move is the latest by the Trump administration to put pressure on China over the situation in Xinjiang.
China hit back at the US over the block on exports. Foreign ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin on Tuesday said accusations of forced labour had been fabricated by Western countries.
Beijing is believed to have detained more than one million people from Xinjiang in recent years, citing security risks.
China maintains the internment sites provide job training and education and are necessary to combat terrorist and separatist threats.
Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and, recent research shows, women have been forcibly subjected to methods of birth control.
The orders on Monday "send a clear message to the international community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labour in US supply chains," Mark A. Morgan, acting commissioner of US Customers and Border Protection agency, said.
"Forced labour is an atrocious human rights abuse that is completely against the values that we all share."
"The Trump administration will not stand idly by and allow foreign companies to subject vulnerable workers to forced labour while harming American businesses that respect human rights and the rule of law," Mr Morgan said.
The orders announced on Monday target four companies and one manufacturing site.