On 19 April, an article from the Center for Strategic and International Studies takes the form of a Q&A about the situation in Xinjiang. It points out that, among policymakers there is bipartisan support for legislative and executive action to sanction China and curb imports of products with forced labour in their supply chains. However, there is a practical conundrum. The US — and global — solar panel manufacturing industry is dependent on a supply of cheap critical components that are made in Xinjiang. It argues that the Biden administration and US Congress must navigate carefully to align measures against China’s human rights abuses with domestic support for the US solar industry and consumer market.
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