a close up of a flower garden: Xinjiang is a major source of cotton for the global marketThe US has issued a tough new warning to companies about doing business in China’s Xinjiang province. US firms that still have supply chain and investment ties in the region were told they “could run a high risk of violating US law.”

Washington cited evidence of genocide and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang.China has denied previous allegations that the region’s Uyghur population has been subjected to human rights abuses.

The Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory was published jointly by the State Department, Treasury, Commerce, Homeland Security, Labor and the Office of the US Trade Representative.

“Businesses and individuals that do not exit supply chains, ventures, and/or investments connected to Xinjiang could run a high risk of violating US law,” said the updated advisory, which was first released in July last year.

In a press statement, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the document noted that the Chinese “government is perpetrating genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang”.

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