BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry, when asked about reports that the United States may ban some imports from China’s Xinjiang region over alleged human rights violations, said this is a pretext to oppress Chinese customers and incite instability.
The U.S. has no right or qualification to intervene, foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said at a daily news conference in Beijing on Wednesday.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials have prepared orders to block imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang over allegations - dismissed by China - they are produced with forced labour, although a formal announcement has been delayed.
Reporting by Cate Cadell; Writing by Gabriel Crossley; Editing by Andrew Heavens
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