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China makes 'stern representations' to U.S. House over forced labour bill

FILE PHOTO: Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin speaks during a news conference in Beijing, China July 27, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Wednesday China has lodged stern representations to the U.S. House of Representatives after it passed legislation restricting imports of goods made using forced labour from Xinjiang region.

Reports of forced labour were false rumours made by some in the United States and the West, foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin told a news briefing.

China will take all necessary measures to uphold the rights of Chinese companies and safeguard its sovereignty and development interests, Wang said.

Reporting By Yew Lun Tian and Liangping Gao