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LONDON – The UK’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Rabb, has warned British businesses they face heavy fines if they are linked to Chinese human rights abuse, in Xinjiang. Talking to the House of Commons, Rabb blasted Beijing’s “harrowing” treatment of its Uighur minority. He also said British companies will have to meet requirements showing their supply chains are free from forced labour in the Xinjiang province.

China has been accused of widespread abuse in the area, home to the Muslim Uighurs, including allegations of forced sterilisation, slave labour and mass internment. The situation has prompted the US to introduce laws banning all imports which contain cotton from Xinjiang.

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