Angela Merkel, Mario Draghi, the Italian prime minister, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, and Charles Michel, president of the European Council, opposed any harsh condemnation of the communist regime’s practice of Chinese slave labor in Xinjiang province, China, at the G7 Summit, opting instead to use a more ‘cooperative’ approach, Breitbart reported.
A source within the U.S. government who spoke anonymously to The Times said the foreign policy meeting was based entirely on dealing with China. While the U.S., Canada, France, Japan, and the U.K. proposed tough language, European leaders pushed for a softer tone seeking conciliation with the Chinese Communist Party.
Apparently, the European stance won the debate, as in the ‘G7 Leaders’ Communiqué: Our Common Agenda for Global Action to Build Back Better’ they did not mention China at all, “We are concerned by the use of all forms of forced labor in global supply chains, including state-sponsored forced labor of vulnerable groups and minorities, including in the agricultural, solar, and garment sectors,” said the G7.
However, in the 25-page report of the G7 communiqué, the leaders agreed to make a very cursory mention of a small part of the countless crimes against humanity that the Chinese Communist Party continues to carry out against its own citizens.
“We will promote our values, including by calling on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, freedoms and high degree of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Sino-British Joint Declaration and the Basic Law,” the G7 report said.
The U.S. government source said that among the G7 leaders, there was “a little bit of differentiation of opinion, not on whether the threat is there but on how strong, from an action perspective, different G7 members are willing to take this.”
Joe Biden, for his part, said he was ‘satisfied with the language used toward the CCP, “We’re in a contest, not with China per se, but a contest with autocratic governments around the world, as to whether or not democracies can compete with them in the rapidly changing 21st century.”
The U.S. government’s tough stance is a legacy of former President Donald Trump, the first in decades to confront not only the Chinese regime’s forced labor but multiple human rights violations, particularly religious persecution.
For its part, the European Union, at the beginning of the year, signed a 120 billion euro trade deal with China, making it its main trading partner.
However, in joint action, European, Canadian, American, and British legislators imposed economic sanctions on the CCP for the use of slave labor of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province. As a consequence, the treaty was suspended.
Xinjiang is the tip of the iceberg
Dozens of reports posted on the Minghui.org website document the extensive torture to which Falun Dafa practitioners have been subjected since 1999.
Not only are practitioners forced to work for free for more than 12 and sometimes 16 hours a day in inhumane conditions, but they also suffer other types of torture in labor camps aimed at breaking their will to make them renounce their faith.
Millions of these products are exported by large companies. In some cases, prisoners of conscience manage to send hidden messages in the products, such as the famous case of an Oregon woman who found a letter describing the tortures in a Halloween box purchased at K-Mart in 2012.
Forced labor in China, toxic products for the world
While the system of forced labor camps was shut down by Xi Jinping in 2013, many of these places simply changed their names to continue operating as sweatshops.
In China, some unethical entrepreneurs secretly produce and sell banned or toxic products in exchange for receiving huge profits. To avoid inspection by security forces, these companies do business with forced labor camps and prisons. These places are controlled by the CCP system and do not require any surveillance. Since the authorities refuse to inspect them, these places become clandestine production facilities.
Falun Dafa practitioners, who make up more than 70% of the population at these sites, are not provided with protective measures, such as masks and gloves. As a result, many have lost their lives.
The finished products are sold nationally and internationally without explicitly mentioning the toxicity of the materials used in their manufacture. As a result, many consumers have been unknowingly affected.
Motivated by huge profits, the forced labor camp in Jiamusi City, Heilongjiang Province, signed a contract with such a company to manufacture cell phone covers and car seat mats using toxic materials, which end up being harmful to consumers.
The labor camp warehouse was filled with poisonous fumes, smelling so bad that even the guards supervising everything couldn’t stand it. They asked the quality and technology supervision office to do a test. The results showed that the carcinogenic components and toxins in the raw materials far exceeded the permissible limit. After the inspection, the correctional officers would rather stand outside in the freezing cold of winter than enter the warehouse. However, they force the inmates to work overtime to finish the contracts on time.
Many practitioners exposed to this toxic environment suffered nosebleeds, cardiac arrhythmias, respiratory difficulties, red eyes, and all forms of physical sequelae.
This report is but a tip of an iceberg of the gross human right violation carried out by the Chinese Communist Party.