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China trade caught in politics

Daryl Guppy
Daryl Guppy1/13/2022 5:36 PM GMT+08  • 6 min read
China trade caught in politics
The imposition of US sanctions means that many more businesses and supply chains are now forced to take a position on Xinjiang.
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In 2003, Secretary of State Colin Powell held up a vial and used it as evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. His claim was quickly taken up by the media and became a truth upon which policy and war, was founded.

It was a lie, and acting on that lie had disastrous long-lasting consequences.

In July 2020, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo kick-started a campaign about Xinjiang, basing his allegations on just one source — claims made in German researcher Adrian Zenz’s study of birth rates in Xinjiang. His claim was quickly taken up by the media and has become a truth on which policy is founded — most recently underpinning US sanctions against Xinjiang supply chains.

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