INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT LOANS FUND CHINESE FIRMS WITH XINJIANG OPERATIONS

On 4 November, Kharon reported that Chinese companies with operations in Xinjiang and ties to a sanctioned paramilitary group accused of benefiting from forced labour have received subsidies in recent years from international development banks, in part to expand their operations in the region.  For example, in March, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, approved a $150 million loan to a company which claims on its website to be the world’s largest manufacturer of health protective gloves to help expand its medical glove production capacity. Kharon reports that this company purchases raw materials from a subsidiary of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a group sanctioned by the US for its alleged ties to human rights abuses in the region.  Kharon says that, in recent years, IFC has provided hundreds of millions of dollars of loans to several companies in China with connections to Xinjiang.  Companies operating in Xinjiang near, or within the confines of, internment camps or prisons are at increased risk of forced labour, according to a US Government advisory.

https://brief.kharon.com/updates/international-development-loans-fund-chinese-firms-with-xinjiang-operations/

 

 

 

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CANADIAN APPAREL COMPANY CANCELS ITS CONTRACT WITH A CHINESE COMPANY OVER CLAIMS OF THE USE OF FORCED NORTH KOREAN LABOUR

On 7 November, the Hindustan Times reported that a CBC TV report in Canada had claimed that Dandong Huayang Textiles was using forced North Korean labour.  CBC said that it might be in violation of 2017 UN sanctions which ban employment of North Koreans to fund North Korea‚Äôs WMD programme.  The Canadian company, Reitmans, said that it will remove all remaining inventory which originated from this supplier and give it to charity. 

https://www.hindustantimes.com/videos/world-news/china-firm-violating-un-sanctions-canada-s-reitmans-scraps-deal-over-north-korea-forced-labour-news-101636282329416.html

GERMAN ENGINES POWERING CHINA’S WARSHIPS AS EU ARMS BAN TORPEDOED BY DUAL-USE TECH

On 7 November, The Week carried an article saying that, in 1989, the EU imposed an arms embargo on China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre.  Nevertheless the Chinese military has been able to obtain equipment from European nations.  Now German media has published results of an investigation that claimed several types of Chinese warships were using engines of German origin.  The engines were supplied by MTU and the French branch of MAN, a subsidiary of Volkswagen. Both companies are renowned suppliers of marine diesel engines. 

https://www.theweek.in/news/world/2021/11/07/german-engines-powering-china-warships-eu-arms-ban-torpedoed-by-dual-use-tech.html

 

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