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US begins barring Chinese EV products with forced labor ties

A recently-enacted law to prevent incentivizing forced labor in China is beginning to affect electric car makers.

Published: August 17, 2023 5:30pm

The U.S. government has been recently cracking down on electric vehicle batteries from China that are connected to forced labor in the communist country, according to a new report from Reuters.

Per the article, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFPLA), enacted roughly a year ago, has been stalling the heavily-Biden-subsidized solar sector, but is now also being used to halt imports of EV products like lithium-ion batteries, as well as other products that could contain aluminum and steel.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has ramped up inspections on these products.

This could spell trouble for the EV industry in America, as manufacturers are having to increasingly show that their supply chains aren’t benefiting from China’s Uyghur labor camps pursuant to UFPLA. 

The Chinese government has for years pursed policies amounting to genocide against the Muslim Uyghur population in northwestern China.

The Biden administration has relied on both solar and EVs dramatically for its green energy transition, putting hundreds of billions of taxpayer dollars to work funding it. A study published yesterday by Power the Future noted Biden’s choices have “enriched” Communist China, since it allegedly controls around 80% of the market share for energy minerals. 

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