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U.S. Blocks Some Solar Materials Made in Xinjiang Region (2)

June 24, 2021, 12:34 PM

The U.S. has barred some solar products made in China’s Xinjiang region, marking one of the Biden administration’s biggest steps yet to counter alleged human rights abuses against the country’s ethnic Uyghur Muslim minority.

Xinjiang -- where advocacy groups and a panel of United Nations experts say Uyghurs and other minorities have been subjected to mass arbitrary detention and forced to work against their will -- produces roughly half of global supply of polysilicon, a material critical for solar panels and semiconductors. China has denied the allegations, saying they’re an attempt to undermine successful businesses.

LISTEN: China correspondent Tom Mackenzie discusses the U.S. decision with Daybreak Europe’s Caroline Hepker and Roger Hearing.

The move targeting Chinese ...