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Calls to Ban Chinese Tech Firms Amplify Amid Forced Labor Allegations

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Allegations of Violating Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

In the U.S. Congress, there are growing calls to add Chinese battery manufacturers CATL and Gotion High-Tech to the import ban list.

According to Yonhap News and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the 8th, some Republican members, including the Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Special Committee on U.S.-China Strategic Competition John Moolenaar, delivered a letter to the Biden administration with this content.

In their letter, they claimed that “CATL and Gotion High-tech’s supply chains are using forced labor” and that “under the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, both companies should be added to the import ban list.”

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act includes a complete ban on the import of products made from forced labor in Xinjiang Uyghur.

CATL, identified by the House, is the world’s largest electric vehicle battery manufacturer in China, and Gotion High-tech is a company receiving substantial investment from Volkswagen China.

A spokesperson for CATL refuted, “The claim that CATL has used forced labor or has any relation to it is entirely false.” Gotion High-tech also argued, “The claim that our company has used forced labor or is related to it is baseless”.

Daniel Kim
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