Prime Minister Imran Khan has said reports by the United States and western media about the treatment of Muslims in the far western Chinese region of Xinjiang presented a “completely different” picture than what had been observed by Islamabad’s envoy in Beijing during a visit. The prime minister was responding to a question during a CNN interview, broadcast on Sunday.
Nike and Coca-Cola are lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region. The legislation, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, has become the target of multinational companies including Apple whose supply chains touch the far western Xinjiang region, as well as of business groups including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
A report published by an Australian think tank in March this year revealed that supply chains in China of almost 83 global brands are using Uyghur Muslims forced labor. The report released by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) titled “Uyghurs for Sale” stated names of big, well-known global companies in the field of clothing, technology and automotive sectors.