Prominent author Gordon Chang highlighted recent White House sanctions against a powerful Chinese quasi-military organization for involvement in the exploitation of forced labor camps. Chang said that the United States and the world must deepen their actions to end the “genocidal policies” of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). 

On Dec. 2, the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection announced that its “Withhold Release Order” would ban cotton and cotton products imported from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, one of China’s largest producers.

The U.S. government said the measure comes after finding out that Uighur Muslim minority members are imprisoned in forced labor camps.

Speaking to Fox News’ “Morning with Maria,” Chang called the White House action “a very good thing.”

The author of “The Coming Collapse of China” went a step further, saying that Washington needs to “have a re-examination of all trade with China” because maintaining trade, investment, and technology agreements with Beijing allows the CCP to commit crimes.

“Clearly we have to do more, but nonetheless this is an important start with stopping this because it’s not just detaining people in concentration camps, it’s genocidal policies, it’s the institutionalization of slavery, [the] institutionalization of rape,” emphasized the Gatestone Institute, senior researcher.

Chang acknowledged that U.S. clothing would be affected by the measure because, according to him, 80 to 90 percent of cotton grown in China belongs to the Xinjiang region. However, he stressed the importance of sanctions since “these are atrocities that are crimes against humanity.”

“The United States needs to do more because everybody else in the world needs to do more, and they’ll do so only if they follow our lead,” he added.

According to various reports, the Uyghur people are intensely persecuted for their faith in the framework of the campaigns against religious beliefs carried out by the CCP. It has been proven that its members are subjected to forced labor and, in the case of women, to have abortions and be sterilized.

In September of this year, leading British human rights lawyer, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC called for the formation of an independent court in London to investigate whether the CCP’s abuses against the Uighurs constitute genocide or crimes against humanity.

Nice, who previously led the prosecution of former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Court, presided over the Independent Court on the Forcible Removal of Organs of Conscience in China, known as the China Court. This court determined that it was “beyond doubt” that the state-authorized forcible removal of organs for profit has been taking place in China for years and “on a significant scale.” 

The organs are sourced primarily from imprisoned believers, most of whom are practitioners of the Buddha School discipline called Falun Dafa.

In contrast to previous White House administrations, the Trump presidency has been a highly critical voice toward these religious persecutions in China, arguing that Beijing “the PRC (Peoples Republic of China) has sought to eradicate all forms of faith and belief that don’t align with Chinese Communist Party doctrine.”

In this context, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced in late September the creation of a global coalition against the CCP.

“The free world must triumph over this new tyranny,” Pompeo said, referring to the CCP.

“If the free world doesn’t change—doesn’t change, communist China will surely change us,” he said.