China: We’re Still a Developing Nation. US Lawmakers: No Way

The U.S. House of Representatives has voted unanimously to challenge China's status as a developing nation, a classification made by organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations that gives the world's second-largest economy special treatment for trade and low-interest loans.

Young Kim, a Republican congresswoman from Southern California who introduced the bill, told lawmakers before the vote that China accounted for 18.6% of the global economy.

"Their economy size is second only to that of the United States. [The] United States is treated as a developed country, so should PRC," Kim said before the March 27 vote on The PRC Is Not a Developing Country Act. Kim, who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Indo-Pacific Subcommittee, introduced the bill with Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat.

China's state-backed media Global Times responded by saying that the U.S. has no right to play referee on China's developing country status.

"Such attempt has only further exposed Washington's sinister intentions to increase China's development cost and force China to assume international responsibilities beyond its ability," it said.

How is China, the world's second-largest economy and home to the most billionaires —China has 969 while the U.S. has 691 — still categorized as a developing country, which means it enjoys the same special treatment in international trade as nations such as Bolivia and Zambia? When will China graduate and join the U.S. as a developed country?

Developing or developed?

China has long referred to itself as a developing country in its official narrative. Wang Yi, director of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Central Foreign Affairs Office, said when he was serving as China's foreign minister in 2019 that China's per capita GDP was only one-sixth that of the United States.

"Requiring a country that has only been developing for a few decades to shoulder the responsibilities of those industrial countries who have developed for hundreds of years, this itself is unfair," he said at a news conference when meeting with European scholars, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Yet on the world stage, people are watching China's economic power explode. Since 1978, its GDP has increased from less than $150 billion to $18.3 trillion in 2022, making it the second-largest economy after the United States. In 2023, China's military spending will reach $230 billion, ranking second in the world after the U.S., which will spend more than $800 billion in fiscal year 2023.

And China has established a series of international organizations, including the Asian Infrastructure Investment bank and the Shanghai Cooperation Origination, to challenge the international aid order established by the U.S. after World War II.

"A widely adopted understanding for assessing a country's development status is the income per capita, not the size of the whole economy," said Weifeng Zhong, a senior research fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

The World Bank uses gross national income (GNI) per capita and categorizes the world's economies into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle and high income. The high-income countries, which need to have a GNI per capital above $13,205, are commonly considered to be developed countries.

The latest GNI per capita for China, $11,880 in 2021, is $1,325 below the threshold, so it is a developing country by the World Bank standard. Yet experts cautioned that classifying a country's development status is inexact.

"International organizations ... do not always have a clear income threshold for a country to 'graduate' from a developing country status," Zhong told VOA in an emailed response.

The United Nations uses an aggregate indicator called the Human Development Index, which includes but is not limited to income. By this measure, China is a developing country.

The World Trade Organization allows countries to self-declare whether they are a developing country, and China always maintains that it is.

With that self-declaration being approved by other members when China joined the WTO in 2001, Beijing is able to enjoy special treatment, such as higher subsidies and better tariff rates, reserved for developing countries.

Robert Ross, a professor of political science at Boston College and an associate at Harvard's John King Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, told VOA Mandarin that the WTO classification of China is political rather than economic.

"China lobbies hard to pressure countries not to change China's status because it benefits immensely from the conditions for its exports and tariff levels and other issues. The U.S. has been unable to reach a consensus among WTO membership to change China's status," he said in a phone interview last week.

Why China wants the label

Experts who spoke with VOA Mandarin said there are tangible benefits in international trade to being recognized as a developing country.

When China joined the WTO in 2001, its GDP per capita was less than $1,000. Trading as a developing country meant China could impose an import tariff of 14%, compared with the 7% imposed by developed countries, according to the WTO. Developing countries also enjoy relaxed restrictions on trade subsidies and receive technical assistance from developed countries.

"Being considered a developing country for an unduly long time may allow China to enjoy a host of special and differential treatments that it may no longer fairly deserve," said Zhong of George Mason University.

He said the Chinese government is known for heavily subsidizing preferred sectors to encourage growth. For example, as the world confronts the challenge of over-fishing, being considered a developing country would allow China, a world leader in fishing capacity, to retain more subsidies in negotiations with other countries, making the global over-fishing problem harder to tackle.

James Wen, an emeritus professor of economics at Trinity College in the U.S. state of Connecticut, said that in addition to tariff reductions and subsidies, China also enjoys special treatment in terms of loans from international financial institutions.

"International financial institutions have long been providing low-interest or interest-free loans to developing countries. China is qualified for such preferential treatment as a developing country. There are also many private NGOs offering financial aid to developing countries; China has benefited immensely from them as well," he told VOA Mandarin via phone.

Brian Hart, a fellow with the China Power Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said that apart from material benefits, China is using the label as a political signaling tool.

"I think in places like the WTO, what China really likes to do is to be able to cast itself as the leading developing country. It sees itself as being able to corral developing countries together on certain issues, and that's a place where it really likes to be," he told VOA Mandarin.

Ross from Boston College told VOA Mandarin said that the contradiction between China's developing country status and its economic and political influence worldwide is "frequently frustrating to other countries, because China has these advantages that enable it to have a greater impact than it would otherwise have if we examine its political and economic clout."

Zhong from George Mason University cautioned that the vote in the U.S. House of Representative won't be enough to change China's status.

He told VOA Mandarin, "U.S. representatives at various international organizations would need to work with like-minded countries to challenge China's development status, which, depending on an international organization's rule, may be a bigger undertaking than Washington policymakers think."

Source: Voice of America

Some civil society members trying to mislead people: Parash

Awami Jubo League Chairman Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash today said a section of the civil society of the country is now active to mislead the people.

"Efforts are underway to implement a planned blueprint to prove that the government has failed."Attempts are being made to create such a situation so that the common people lose their faith in the government," he said.

He said this at a food distribution programme to unprivileged people on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan at Kamarpara School and College grounds under Turag police station organised by Dhaka Metropolitan North Awami Jubo League.

"Some media are now very nakedly played the role of the opposition party, the disgraceful revelations of which have recently come before the public through The Daily Prothom Alo's yellow journalism," he said.

"It cannot be called only yellow journalism, this type of journalism has tarnished the profession," Parash said.

He said that the recent incident of arson of BNP is very sad and suspicious. "Since there is a record of arson it is natural to treat them seriously on the list of suspects," he added

Acting President of Dhaka Metropolitan Jubo League North Zakir Hossain Babul presided over the event.

Member of Parliament Habib Hasan, General Secretary of Jubo League Md. Mainul Hossain Khan Nikhil, Presidium member of Jubo League Mamunur Rashid, Subhash Chandra Howladar, Publicity Secretary Jaydev Nandi, Office Secretary Md. Mostafizur Rahman Masud, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary Saddam Hossain Pavel and Deputy Secretary Delwar Hossain Shahzada spoke.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Bangladesh Scouts Day observed in Nilphamari

The Bangladesh Scouts Day was observed in the district today as elsewhere across the country with the theme "Scouting Korbo, Smart Bangladesh Gorbo".

Bangladesh Scouts started its activities in independent Bangladesh on April 8, 1972 with the full cooperation of the greatest Bangalee of all time, Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

Marking the day, the national and scout flags were hoisted atop the scout building in the district town this morning.

A discussion was held in the district scouts building this morning on the occasion.

Upazila Scout Commissioner Golam Mostafa Khokon presided over the function.

Sadar Upazila Parishad Chairman Shahid Mahmud, Sadar Upazila Assistant Commissioner (Land) Ibnul Abedin, District unit Scout General Secretary Shah Mohammad Golam Kibria, Sadar Upazila unit Secretary Ataur Rahman, Scout Leader Khalilur Rahman, among others, spoke.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

‘Awami League to remain with people to protect peace’

Leaders of Awami League in a peace rally here today said the party was with the people in any difficult time, is and will be in the future to protect peace for continuation of massive developments across the country.

They made the observation at the peace rally organized by Rangpur District Awami League to protest against the terrorism, anarchy and conspiracies of BNP-Jamaat clique at its office premises.

Member of Awami League central committee and former lawmaker Advocate Hosne Ara Lutfa Dalia attended the rally as the chief guest with Joint Convener of Rangpur District Awami League Professor Mazed Ali Babul in the chair.

District Awami League Joint Conveners Md. Joynal Abedin and Advocate Anwarul Islam as special guests addressed the rally moderated by District Awami League Convening Committee Member Jinnat Hossain Lavlu.

Members of the District Awami league Convening Committee Md. Wazed Ali, Ataur Zaman Babu, Gangachara Upazila Awami League General Secretary Md. Azizul Islam and District Chhatra League leader Tanim Hasan Chapal also spoke.

Former President of Rangpur District Awami League Mamtaz Uddin Ahmed and its former General Secretary Advocate Rezaul Karim Raju along with the party leaders and activists were present.

The speakers said Awami League is on the streets with the people to resist the nationwide terror and anarchy of the anti-independence BNP-Jamaat clique, and will continue to do so in the future to protect peace.

The chief guest said that the BNP Jamaat alliance did not develop the country and the people, but they developed themselves when the anti-liberation clique was in power.

"The BNP Jamaat clique siphoned out the country's money. They do not want peace and development of the country," she said.

"As the country is moving forward under the leadership of Awami League President and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, the BNP-Jamaat clique is creating chaos as a part of deep-rooted conspiracies. This conspiracy must be stopped," she added.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Fahad earns creditable draw

International Master (IM) Mohammad Fahad Rahman

of Bangladesh (rating-2396) earned creditable draw against his Poland's rival

Grandmaster Bartosz Sokco (rating-2601) in the seventh round game of the

Fagernes Chess International now being held in Oslo, Norway, said a press

release here today.

The seventh round games were held on Friday last with IM Mohammad Fahad

Rahman played with white pieces against Queen's Indian defense of Bartosz

Sokco, and the game eventually ended in a draw after 23 moves. IM Mohammad

Fahad Rahman earned 4.5 points out of seven games.

The eighth round matches are scheduled to start this evening (6 pm BST) and

IM Mohammad Fahad Rahman will play against IM Linus Johansson of Sweden.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

StanChart, UCEP facilitate job-readiness for 2,100 vulnerable youths

Standard Chartered and UCEP recently celebrated the completion of a joint reskilling and employment reintegration programme to combat job loss and promote economic development.

Launched in 2020 and expanded upon in 2022, the multi-year programme was designed to successfully upskill and reskill members of Bangladesh's workforce in response to global headwinds, said a press release.

As part of the programme, 2,100 beneficiaries were carefully selected in an effort to maximise the impact of the intervention.

As part of Standard Chartered and UCEP's reskilling and reintegration programme, individuals received training on trades such as electrical installation and maintenance, air conditioner maintenance, auto mechanic repair, and tailoring.

The collaborative programme between the Bank and UCEP was carried out in four phases. This approach was taken so that methodologies and parameters could be adjusted to ensure the disbursement of appropriate resources and aid.

The material taught as part of the re-skilling and employment reintegration programme was developed in response to a number of assessments and studies conducted by UCEP Bangladesh.

These assessments and studies helped to identify skill related gaps across both the formal and informal sector. As such, the programme was specially designed to equip them with the skills required to meet the current and future demands of the job market. Beyond support provided as part of the programme, beneficiaries also received food and essential supplies.

The core aim of this intervention is in alignment with the Bank's mission to empower the current and next generation to learn, earn and grow through community programmes centred on education, employability, and entrepreneurship.

The programme has yielded positive results for the 2,100 youths involved. Approximately 90% of the beneficiaries targeted during Phase 1 are employed.

Phase 2 saw the training and development of 500 beneficiaries - 93% of whom are currently employed. Phase 3 targeted 800 beneficiaries and boasts a 90% employment rate. Phase 4 was completed in March of 2023.

Following the completion of the programme, it typically takes 2-3 months for participants to find new jobs or receive promotions. Thus far, 91% of participants from Phase 4 have been able to achieve a successful career transition. This percentage is expected to increase in the coming months.

As the nation's long-term partner in progress, Standard Chartered has consistently been linked to Bangladesh's inspiring story of growth and resilience.

For more than 118 years, the Bank has been dedicated to driving commerce and growth without leaving people behind, negatively impacting the planet, or creating divisions that diminish our sense of community.

The Bank's flagship community engagement programme, Futuremakers by Standard Chartered, is dedicated to helping the next generation earn, learn, and grow. The employability pathway ensures that young people have the right mix of technical and soft skills to be job-ready for the future.

UCEP Bangladesh was established by Lindsay Allan Cheyne in 1972. UCEP Bangladesh is a non-governmental organisation which provides second chance education to out-of-school children and decent work to youth and adults through Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET) and Skills Development.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Joy criticises black US lawmakers’ expulsion over gun control

Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Advisor Sajeeb Wazed Joy has criticised the expulsion of two black minority US state lawmakers, sparing a white one, in Tennessee over their gun control protests, questioning the fairness of democracy in the United States.

“US State legislature votes to expel two minority lawmakers, while keeping a third who was white. This is the state of democracy in the US,” Joy said overnight in his verified Facebook status.

He also added: “The US State Department are nothing but a bunch of hypocrites”.

Tennessee’s Republican-controlled House voted Thursday to expel Justin Jones and fellow lawmaker Justin Pearson, who are both Black, for speaking out of turn during a gun control protest in the House chamber the week prior.

Republican Gloria Johnson, a white lawmaker too participated in the demonstration, faced an expulsion vote that ultimately failed.

Jones later vowed he would seek re-election for his Nashville seat, calling his removal an attack on democracy.

Republicans voted to expel Jones and his fellow Democratic colleague Pearson for leading a gun control protest on 30 March.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Mohammedan thrash Muktijoddha as Diabate scores hat-trick

Malian forward Souleymane Diabate slammed a brilliant hat-trick saw Mohammedan Sporting Club, came from behind, thrashed Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 6-1 goals in the Bangladesh Premier League football held today (Saturday) at Sheikh Fazlul Haque Mani Stadium in Gopalganj.

In the day's match, Diabate scored hat-trick with three goals in the 22nd, 35th and 53rd minutes while Uzbekistan midfielder Muzaffar Muzaffarov, Nigerian forward Sunday Emmanuel and midfielder Sazzad Hossain supported him with a lone goal each in the 42nd, 69th minutes and 84th minutes respectively for Mohammedan.

Atiquzzaman netted a lone goal for Muktijoddha Sangsad KC in the 8th minute of the match.

With the day's victory, the traditional black and white Motijheel outfit Mohammedan raised their tally to 15 points from 11 matches while the freedom fighter Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra remained at their previous credit of 10 points playing the same number of matches.

Earlier, in the first round, Mohammedan SC blanked Bangladesh Muktijoddha Sangsad Krira Chakra by 2-0 goals held at Shaheed Dhirendranath Datta Stadium in Cumilla.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Eid shopping gets momentum in Ctg

As the holy Eid-ul-Fitr, the largest religious festival of the Muslims, is drawing near, shopping has gained momentum with great rush in various shopping centres in the port city.

The festival is the biggest celebration for the Muslim community, and many shoppers have received their salaries at the beginning of the month, adding to the momentum of the trend.

All the city markets are seen busy selling their commodities as crowds of customers are visiting the shopping centers, which start in the morning and continue till midnight.

Most salesmen said that the sales have reached its peak compared with past years' although 15 Ramdan has passed.

Shoppers said that the prices of all products had increased by 20 to 30 per cent than the last year.

'The sales after the Ramadan 15 was around TK 85 thousand a day last year but this year the volume of sales went up to TK 90 thousand a day, said Golam Mostafa, General Secretary of Shopping Complex Shop Owner Association.

Talking to BSS, Ahmed Hossain General Secretary of Terri Bazar Bonik Samity said most of the public and private employees got their salaries so the shopping has gained momentum with great rush in port city.

The shoppers gathered in the markets of the port city on Fridays and Saturday, with crowds also appearing after iftar time on other days.

New-market, Mimi Super Market, Afmi Plaza, Finlay Squire, Sanmar Ocean City, Amin Centre, Central Plaza, Amin Centre, Reazuddin Bazar, Chackview Market, Moti Tower Market, Keari Shopping Complex Singapore Market, Laki Plaza Arong, Cats Eye, Chattogram Shopping Complex, Tari Bazar, Hawkers market, and other shopping centres located at GEC intersection, Chattogram Export Processing Zone, and Bahadarhat areas are experiencing high footfall as Eid-ul-Fitr approaches.

According to traders, these shopping centres have remained busy from 10.00 am until midnight for the past couple of days, with the trend expected to continue until the third week of April when the Eid celebration takes place.

The demand of well-designed sarees and three-piece suits for women is particularly high and is drawing in a significant number of buyers.

Customers and traders in Chattogram have reported a price increase in all types of clothing and apparel compared to last year.

According to traders at Moti tower, Mimi Super Market and Chattogram Shopping Complex, Three piece Salwar Kamij is priced between Tk 2,000 to Tk 18,000 per piece, while sarees range from Tk 1,000 to Tk one lakh and lehengas are between Tk 3,000 to TK 35,000.

Different brands of local saris like Silk, Katan, Tangail and Indian Kanjilal, are in great demand in the local markets.

Roadside footpath shops and small shops are also found more crowded than the big shopping malls.

Meanwhile, a large number of makeshift shops have sprung up on the pavements of the city on the occasion of Eid-Ul-Fitr.

Prices of different varieties of clothes, particularly cotton tissue, silk, and synthetic, have registered a sharp rise although the shops are almost full of a variety of garments.

Supply of goods, including foreign brands, in the market is abundant. The goods vary from luxury to household items, importer Solayman said.

Varieties of Indian saris and three pieces have also flooded the shopping centers, especially in Mimi Super Market, Teribazar and Reazuddin Bazar, Amin Center, Sanmar Ocean city, Moti Tower and Bali Arcade Shopping Mall.

Traffic department sources said, port city has been witnessing heavy traffic congestion from mid Ramzan at New market, Reazuddin Bazar, Jubilee Road, Station road , Andarkilla, Chawkbazar, Sholoshahar, Nasirabad, Agradab, Dewan hat, Lalkhan Bazar and Bahaddarhat due to increasing flow of buyers on the occasion of the Eid festival.

Traffic police were also seen struggling to tackle the situations in those points.

Besides the crime busting elite force RAB, police are vigilant on the road port city to check mugging, snatching, eve teasing and other unlawful activities.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Sheikh Russel KC beat Police FC in BPL

It was a magnificent display by Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra as they came from behind earned an overwhelming 3-1 goal victory over Bangladesh Police Football Club in the Bangladesh Premier League football held today (Saturday) at Rafiq Uddin Bhuiyan Stadium in Mymensingh.

In the proceeding, midfielder Mohammad Ibrahim, Nigerian forward Mfon Udoh and midfielder Nihat Jaman Ucchash scored one goal each for Sheikh Russel in the 50thth, 82nd and 86th minutes respectively while Colombian forward Johan Arango netted a lone goal for Bangladesh Police FC in the 37th minute of the match.

The day's win saw, Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra moved third position in the league's table with 17 points from 11 matches while Bangladesh Police Football Club stand at fourth position in the table with their previous credit of 16 playing the same number of outings.

Earlier, in the first round, Bangladesh Police FC beat Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra by 2-1 goals held at Bashundhara Sports Complex in the city.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Arafat, Saad Naseem lead rout of Shinepukur in DPL

Arafat Sunny Junior and Saa Naseem came up with

sterling allround performance to lead Brothers Union to a six-wicket win over

Shinepukur Cricket Club in Dhaka Premier League (DPL) today at Khan Shaheb

Osman Ali Stadium.

Having won the match, Brothers clinched their third victory while Shinepukur

had two wins in eight matches.

Put into bat first, Shinepukur amassed 228-9 with Indian recruit Shubham

Sharma hitting highest 74. Amite Hasan added 42 while Sazzadul Hoque Ripon

made 41.

Both Arafat and Saad Naseem claimed two wickets apiece, conceding 34 and 47

runs respectively in their 10 overs.

They led the charge with the willow too after Brothers Union lost three

wickets in seven balls to be left to 107-4. They thereafter shared 122 runs

for the undefeated fifth wicket stand to help the side canter to the victory.

Arafat was 55 not out after hitting five fours and three sixes in his 48

balls knock while Saad Naseem's unbeaten 62 came off just 60 balls with the

help of seven fours and one six.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha

Uyghur News Roundup: April 1-7, 2023

Designer, discussion advocate for labor rights in fashion industry

Fashion designer and human rights activist Louise Xin made a statement against forced labor in the fashion industry by hosting a fashion show at the European Parliament. The show featured models of diverse ethnicities, including Uyghur women who survived Chinese internment camps and forced labor in Xinjiang. Following the show, representatives from labor rights groups and NGOs participated in a panel discussion to explore effective forced-labor legislation. Xin, known for using upcycled and repurposed material in her designs, emphasized that clothes tell a story about who wears and makes them.

Fashion show at EU's Parliament draws attention to forced labor in apparel industry

China demolishes bazaar; Uyghurs fear erasure of heritage

Radio Free Asia reported that the Chinese government has begun demolishing the centuries-old Khan Bazaar in Kashgar, which was a vibrant hub for Uyghur merchants and a popular tourist destination. The demolition is part of an "optimization" initiative to upgrade the area with modern structures. However, some Uyghurs view it as a deliberate attempt by the government to erase their heritage and force assimilation into mainstream culture. The demolition and construction of structures in Xinjiang has resulted in the loss of homes, businesses and arable lands for many families.

Demolition of Kashgar’s Khan Bazaar creates uncertain future for Uyghur shop owners

Uyghur activist recounts brutalities of Baren uprising

On the 33rd anniversary of the Baren uprising, Uyghur American rights activist Rushan Abbas recounted the horrors of the events. In the 1980s, the Chinese government forced Uyghur and other Turkic women to undergo abortions as part of their campaign of colonization, forced assimilation and population control, which sparked peaceful protests and eventually an uprising in Baren Township. The Chinese government responded with brutal force, massacring civilians, including women and children. Abbas called on the international community to speak out against such atrocities and hold the perpetrators accountable.

EXCLUSIVE: Recounting China's Baren crackdown, activist Rushan Abbas wants world to speak out on Uyghurs

Journalists honored for Xinjiang Police Files probe

A group of journalists has been awarded the 2023 IJ4EU Impact Award for reporting on the Xinjiang Police Files, an investigation that shed light on the Chinese state's alleged detention of more than a million Uyghurs in internment camps. The investigation included never-before-seen photos from inside the camps and evidence of mass internment and arbitrary detention, which triggered global calls for transparent investigations into China's human rights violations.

The Xinjiang Police Files - #IJ4EU Winner

Groups urge release of Uyghur Canadian imprisoned in China

In 2006, Huseyin Celil, a Uyghur Canadian, was imprisoned in China for speaking up for Uyghur rights. After being arrested in Uzbekistan and handed over to China, he was charged with "terrorism" and "splitism," and was initially sentenced to death, which was later commuted to life, and then to 20 years. The Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights and the Uyghur Human Rights Project have called for his release, as has the Canadian government, which has been actively involved in his case and continues to discuss it with Chinese officials. The Chinese Embassy in Washington says it's unaware of the specifics of the case.

Rights group calls for release of Uyghur Canadian citizen held in Chinese jail for 17 years

In brief

— The U.S. Senate Finance Committee is investigating U.S. and foreign auto manufacturers and suppliers for potential links to forced labor practices in China's Xinjiang region. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act passed last year prohibits the import of goods made in Xinjiang unless importers can prove that they are not made using forced labor. The investigation was initiated following a report last December by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, which found links between Chinese companies operating in Xinjiang and automakers that import parts from them. The companies have until Tuesday to reply to the committee's letters. Several companies, when responding to VOA's inquiry, emphasized their commitment to human rights and their willingness to address the issue.

US Senate Probes Alleged Chinese Forced Labor in Auto Supply Chain

Quote of note

“China must also allow consular access to Canadian officials and family members. China also has to clarify when Huseyin [Celil] will be released, given that he's nearly served his 20-year reduced sentence, and what his fate will be once released. Huseyin must be able to reunite with his family.”

Source: Voice of America