According to the White House, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has decided to block imports of silica-based products made by Hoshine, based on information "reasonably indicating" that the Xinjiang-based company has used forced labor to manufacture the items.
The administration also said it is translating into action the pledges made by the Group of Seven industrialized countries during a summit meeting earlier this month to address forced labor in global supply chains.
Silica is a raw material used to make components for solar panels, electronics, and other goods.
Meanwhile, the Commerce Department added to its trade blacklist five Chinese entities, including Hoshine and the paramilitary Xinjiang Production and Construction Corp.
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