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Globe says BCE told forced labour in China pack of lies

2021-01-14 07:56 ET - In the News

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The Globe and Mail reports in its Thursday edition that Canada and Britain are acting out a "farce" in taking action against forced labour in China, its government said Wednesday, accusing foreign countries of spreading lies. The Globe's Nathan VanderKlippe writes that evidence of forced labour in China's Xinjiang region comes from numerous sources, including Muslims who have been compelled to work in factories, state media reports that indicate former detainees have been put to work, Chinese government quotas for the relocation of workers and even the co-location of industrial parks with prisons and training centres surrounded by electric fencing. Beijing, however, which initially denied the construction of political-indoctrination internment centres in Xinjiang before acknowledging their existence, says human-rights violations do not occur in China -- even though its laws say healthy prisoners must work. "There is no forced labour in China, there is no forced labour in Xinjiang," Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said. Canada and Britain "have turned a deaf ear to the facts and the truth repeatedly clarified by the Chinese side," and "can only be called a farce staged by a handful of politicians."

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