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US restrictions on goods from China made with Uyghur forced labor worries Vietnam exporters
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Vietnam-based exporters are concerned about complying with U.S. restrictions imposed on products imported from China's Xinjiang region over the use of forced labor from persecuted Uyghur minorities.
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai was in Hanoi Monday and Tuesday for meetings with Vietnamese government officials on economic and trade policy. While the Xinjiang import ban wasn't on the official agenda, executives and others familiar with the situation told Reuters some industries in Vietnam are worried about having exports to the U.S. blocked.
They're concerned that some products, especially clothing and solar panels, may contain raw materials sourced from Xinjiang, in some cases unwittingly.
The solar industry's reliance on polysilicon for the photovoltaic cells in solar panels put the industry at heightened risk given that the majority of the world's production of polysilicon is concentrated in Xinjiang.
CHINA SOLAR PANEL SHIPMENTS SCRUTINIZED OVER FORCED UYGHUR LABOR