The two big corporations known for having their cheap labor factories in China hired a lobbying company to try and limit the impact of the Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act that Congress passed on Sept. 23, 2020, the Daily Caller reported.
Fierce Government Relations is the lobbying firm that both Apple and Nike, among other corporations, hired to modify the language of the bill passed by a 403-6 vote in Congress before the Senate hearing. According to the Washington Post’s initial report, the lobbyists are trying to reduce the bill’s impact.
In September 2019, video of what appears to be drone footage was leaked in China’s northwestern Xinjiang Province, which has a large Uighur Muslim minority population. The video is reminiscent of images seen in the film “Schindler’s List” where Jews were transported like cattle on trains to be killed by the Nazi regime during World War II.
The images had a great impact on those who did not believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is a perverse regime with a total disregard for human life. Things like the removal of organs from living people also occur in military hospitals throughout China, and their victims are Falun Dafa practitioners.
Congress introduced H.R. 6210 in March 2020 with the intention of ensuring that U.S. companies’ manufacturing is not involved in forced labor and exploitation of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.
In July 2020, the Trump administration sanctioned several Chinese companies for being engaged in human rights violations, including forced labor and exploitation.
According to an Associated Press report, one such company in Xinjiang Province, Nanchang O-Film Tech, supplies screens and lenses to Apple, Samsung, and other technology companies. A second company, Hetian Haolin Hair, also made headlines when U.S. Customs seized a shipment of human hair from the Xinjiang region.
Apple representatives denied their intention to block the law in an official statement, however, they did reveal that they paid $90,000 in the third quarter of 2020 to the lobbying firm to change the content of the Uighur forced labor prevention law, among other issues.
One of President Trump’s promises was to bring back the jobs and factories that went to China precisely because of the cheap labor factor, and he has in fact offered tax incentives to many American companies to return to the United States.
Thanks to President Trump’s decisions, the perversity of the CCP has been exposed: not only does it use cheap labor to produce goods that it exports all over the world, but it also tortures and kills those it uses to enrich itself.
So what doubts do Apple and Nike still have, and why do they claim to oppose human rights violations while trying to keep their gulags in China alive in order to continue making economic gains at the cost of human lives?
If in the future there is a tribunal to try the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party, let Apple and Nike also share the stand for having assisted it.