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Temu Ad Highlights Biden Admin’s Inaction Against Slave-Linked Chinese Companies

Chinese e-commerce company Temu launched a campaign this weekend targeting American consumers worth tens of millions of dollars, led by a huge spending spree on Super Bowl ads.

Temu, a subsidiary of the parent company of Chinese e-commerce giant Pinduoduo, sells home goods, clothing and other items at deep discounts. In June, a Congressional inquiry revealed that the company lacks meaningful safeguards to ensure its products are not made by slaves, and that it sells its products in a country with perhaps the world’s largest state-sponsored operation of slavery. It has become clear that this is possible because of the manufacturing process. .

The company’s sudden rise to widespread prominence in the United States and its ability to compete with the nation’s top retailers has alarmed human rights groups and members of Congress, with some threatening to expose Americans to slavery. Some have publicly lamented the White House’s inaction to prevent this. The product you made.

Lawmakers who spoke to Breitbart News said the landmark bill, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, has loopholes that allow companies like Tem to thrive, making it difficult to sell products made by slaves in the United States. He lamented that he couldn’t give it to him. Some criticized the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for not blacklisting companies like Tem for “supporting slave labor.”

The Chinese Communist Party is currently carrying out genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic ethnic groups in East Turkestan, an occupied region to the west of China. Part of the genocide included the incarceration of millions of people in what the Chinese government calls “vocational education and training” facilities, where survivors endured atrocities such as being forced into slavery. It has been reported by people. Landmarks of 2020 Uighurs for sale A report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) has revealed that dozens of well-known brands around the world are using Chinese suppliers to manufacture products using Uyghur slaves, which are shipped from East Turkestan to factories across the country. It was revealed that

Uyghur people demonstrate against China outside the United Nations (UN) office (FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images).

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which went into effect in June 2022, prohibits companies from importing goods into the U.S. from East Turkestan, a region China calls the “Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region” (XUAR), without evidence. prohibited as long as possible. Evidence that the product was not made by slaves. UFLPA only applies to shipments over $800. This is known as an exception. minimal – This means that the average American’s purchase from Temu, which is shipped directly from China, will not be subject to UFLPA scrutiny. The law also does not address shipments from outside East Turkestan, despite mounting evidence that Chinese authorities are selling Uyghur slaves to factories across the country.

“Chinese companies like Tem and Shein are exploiting loopholes in U.S. law to avoid liability for their tariff and slave labor ties,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). introduced UFLPA introduced law to close minimal loophole, he told Breitbart News this week. “Two things must happen. First, the Biden administration must implement my Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to crack down on slave products coming into the United States.”

“Second, Congress needs to pass my bipartisan Import Security and Fairness Act to fully close this loophole on imports from China,” he added. “Every day we wait, millions of shipments from Communist China are flooding into our country, putting American customers at risk and undermining American business.”

The Import Security and Fairness Act lose Exception allowing shipments valued under $800 to escape UFLPA oversight. It was introduced in both the House and Senate in June.

Uyghur leaders, who were passionate supporters of the UFLPA, have also called for the tournament to be shut down. minimal loophole. Salih Hudayar, Foreign Minister of East Turkestan’s government-in-exile, told Breitbart News on Tuesday that bills such as the Import Security and Fairness Act are a “vital” response to China’s genocide.

“The East Turkistan government-in-exile fully supports the Import Security and Integrity Act, which aims to close the loopholes exploited by Chinese companies like Tem/Shein,” Hudayar said. “This law is critical to combating forced labor and ensuring accountability for China’s ongoing genocide in occupied East Turkestan. We urge Congress to protect vulnerable people. , we urge you to promptly pass this bill to protect fundamental human rights principles.”

The urgency to stop Temu from expanding into the U.S. is underscored by the fact that during the Super Bowl, the company aired three ads featuring computer animation showing people happily shopping for household goods and other items at dramatically lower prices. After that, it rose further over the weekend. Networks typically don’t confirm the price of such ads, but financial reporters estimated this weekend that Super Bowl ads cost an estimated $7 million, which is more than three ads. That means it likely cost Tim about $7 million. $21 million – Another $15 million Temu is investing in giveaways and other promotions in the US.

The advertising seems to have worked.According to left-wing reports NPR“Temu held the number one spot on Apple’s list of shopping apps as of Tuesday, followed by Shein, Shopify, and Amazon.” Shein is a Chinese “fast fashion” company that primarily sells women’s clothing. and uses the same high-discount, low-volume model as Temu.

Tem’s growing profile in the American consciousness has raised concerns among human rights activists, lawmakers and others with knowledge of its business model. During Wednesday’s hearing on financial crimes before the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Blaine Lutkemeyer (R-Missouri) asked Brian Nelson, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, to help combat human rights abuses. He asked the Ministry of Finance to explain what it was doing. By the Chinese government.

“We just had the Super Bowl, right? Temu did a big ad at the Super Bowl. They use slave labor to make their clothes, to make their products. They deny it. No,” Luetkemeyer explained. “They say, ‘No, it doesn’t,’ but they don’t even try to hide the fact that they don’t actually care anyway. Are they on your list? Are they on your list? Are you preparing to be added to the list of sanctioned entities?”

Mr Nelson said his office had received “inquiries from civil society” about monitored groups and that he “accepted the concerns” about Mr Thame, but did not commit to any action.

“I don’t see why nothing can be done about this,” Rep. Luetkemeyer responded.

In comments to Breitbart News, Luetkemeyer lamented the ineffectiveness of DHS in protecting Americans from corporations that profit from slavery.

“As part of the Uyghur Forced Labor Protection Act, the Department of Homeland Security is leading a task force comprised of other government agencies whose purpose is to identify companies involved in the use of forced labor and “It’s about stopping it,” he explained. “They have created a list of companies throughout the production process, but one category remains blank.”

“DHS maintains that it has not identified any “affiliated entities” exporting products produced in forced labor camps in China to the United States. Temu has built an entire business model around doing just that,” he continued.

Leutkemeyer recalled the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party’s report specifically naming Tem as a concern in June.

“U.S. consumers should know that the TEM supply chain is at very high risk of being contaminated with forced labor,” commission leaders said in releasing the report. “And we urge all companies doing business in the United States to clean up their supply chains and ensure that they are not complicit in the Chinese Communist Party’s genocide of the Uighur people by promoting the sale of goods made with forced labor.” There is an obligation to do so.”

The report itself states that “TEM does not have a system in place to ensure compliance with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA).” “This all but guarantees that shipments from TEM containing products made with forced labor are regularly entering the United States in violation of UFLPA.”

“Special Committee on the Communist Party of China” [CCP] “We released a detailed report nearly a year ago proving Mr. Temu’s ties to atrocities in the Xinjiang region,” Leutkemeyer told Breitbart News on Wednesday. “The DHS task force remains silent even as the national media reports the same thing.”

“Whether out of ignorance or cowardice, it is unacceptable that this Chinese Communist Party-linked company refuses to even acknowledge that it supports slave labor,” he added. “This is another tragic and unfortunate example of the Biden administration turning to China’s side.”

“To make matters worse, President Biden’s inflation crisis is causing more Americans to seek cheaper products. It’s hard to blame them for asking for a bailout, but that money is going straight to the Chinese Communist Party.” “The regime claims it wants to stop genocide and forced labor, but so far it has done nothing,” the lawmaker concluded.

In a statement to NPR, Tem argued that evidence that the company profits from slave labor is “totally unfounded” given the increased scrutiny of the company.

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