Jessica Horwitz comments in Export Compliance Daily on the Chinese government's decision to place retaliatory sanctions on Canadian officials and entities for their criticism of the alleged human rights abuses in the country's Xinjiang region.
Jessica says, “Sanctions on both sides could be expanded in the future, possibly in an incremental and targeted way to send very specific political messages, along the lines of what we have seen with Canada's sanctions on Russia and Ukraine since 2014 in connection with the Crimea conflict. The Canadian government has indicated that it is investigating allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang. Following an investigation, we may see enforcement of import prohibitions by the [Canada Border Services Agency] to put pressure on Canadian businesses that have supply chains involving Xinjiang.”
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