23
Monday
October 2017
8:34 PM IST
News Headlines
Home   | Main News   | Kerala  | National   | International  | Business   | Sports   | Entertainment   | Columns   | Offbeat   | About Deepika 
International News
China uses forced labour to export products to US: report
 
Washington, Aug 9 (PTI) China continues to use forced labour to produce goods intended for export to the US, a violation of the American law and bilateral trade agreements, according to a report.

The report titled 'US Exposure to Forced Labour Exports from China: Developments since the US Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015' states that the value of the Chinese forced labour exports to the US is unknown as China's forced labour industry has long been opaque.

This opacity is exacerbated by the use of middlemen companies to market the products in question for export, by US inspectors' lack of access to suspected sites and by the Chinese government's refusal to agree with the US government on what constitutes forced labour and thus which products are governed by relevant bilateral agreements, it said.

"China maintains a network of prison labour facilities that use forced labour to produce goods intended for export a violation of US-China trade agreements and US law.

"US officials continue to face considerable difficulty in combating exports of these forced labour products, since cooperation from Chinese interlocutors has remained at low levels for years," the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said in the report released yesterday.

It said the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had not been permitted to make site inspections in China since 2009.

The report said Chinese officials routinely deny that the suspected forced labour was occurring, claiming the factories in question do not exist or that they do not make the products in question.

According to the US Department of Labour, known products linked to Chinese forced labour as of September 2016 are artificial flowers, bricks, Christmas decorations, coal, cotton, electronics, fireworks, footwear, garments and construction nails.

ICE, the agency responsible for identifying foreign manufacturers that use forced or child labour, has only five agents in mainland China and three in Hong Kong.

An ICE official told the Commission in February this year that the agency's agents had not been permitted to conduct inspections of suspected forced labour facilities since 2009, the report said.


Body found during search; 'most likely' of 3-yr-old missing Indian girl
Typhoon Lan: Tens of thousands told to evacuate as Category 4 storm lashes Japan
Shinzo Abe's ruling bloc set for big win in Japan: TV exit polls
Sharif brothers tried to assassinate me twice: Asif Ali Zardari
Car bomb kills 15 Afghan cadets, trainers outside Kabul military school
Trump says classified JFK files will be made public
US-backed forces hail 'historic victory' over Islamic State in Raqqa
EXPAND Obama, Bush decry deep US divisions in Trump era
Angela Merkel calls for cut to Turkey EU funding
Barack Obama returns to the political arena
Lahore High Court orders release of Hafiz Saeed
Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia gets bail in graft cases
Key to India becoming Security Council permanent member is not to touch veto: Haley
Trump celebrates Diwali in White House
US-backed Syrian democratic forces confirm having captured IS-held Raqqa
Trump urges Hillary Clinton to run in 2020 presidential polls
Car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist who exposed Malta’s ties to tax havens
Abe on course for landslide win in Japan vote: Survey
12 Rohingya migrants killed in Bangladesh boat capsize
Clinton accuses WikiLeaks of blunting impact of crude Trump
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
Rajkummar Rao suffers leg fracture
 (Mumbai, Oct 23, 2017): Actor Rajkummar Rao has suffered a fracture in his leg while shooting  
Alka Yagnik and Udit Narayan to get Lata Mangeshkar Award
Playboy features first transgender as its playmate
Konkana, Radhika Apte support #MeToo campaign
KERALA NEWS
Measles-rubella: About 35 lakh children vaccinated in State
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 23, 2017): About 35 lakh children have been covered under the measle
Spirit seized in Kayamkulam
Girl student who jumped off school building dies
Devaswom Board plans college, study centre to teach Vedas
NATIONAL NEWS
Mersal: BJP demand 'insulting freedom of expression', says Dhinkaran
 (Chennai, Oct 23, 2017): Sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinkaran Monday joined the chorus in
Eighteen-month-old child raped by her uncle in UP
Withdraw 'harmful ordinance', Editors Guild tells Raj govt
'BJP caricature of Rahul Gandhi not working any more'
Untitled Page
Rashtra Deepika LTD
Copyright @ 2017 , Rashtra Deepika Ltd.