In a significant development, the leader of the AFL-CIO, the largest U.S. labor federation, has called on the Biden Administration and the U.S. Congress to not import solar products from China’s Xinjiang region over human rights violations.
In letters to the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka stated, since there is “convincing evidence of systematic forced labor” in solar production in Xinjiang and he demanded “immediate focused action.”
“The Biden administration and Congress must act to block imports of solar products that contain polysilicon made with forced labor,” wrote Trumka in his letters dated March 12, 2021.
Neither the White House nor the State Department did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
Incidentally, the AFL-CIO was an important support base of U.S. President Joe Biden in his election victory over former President Donald Trump.
The Biden Administration has endorsed a the Trump Administration’s view that China has committed and continues to commit genocide against Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang; and that Washington must be prepared to impose costs on China.