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Senate Panel Probes Carmakers’ Ties to Forced Labor in China

  • Letters sent to Ford, GM, Tesla and Stellantis among others
  • Probe to find whether parts made with forced labor in Xinjiang
A worker operates the assembly line at a Ford Plant in Nanjing, China. 

A worker operates the assembly line at a Ford Plant in Nanjing, China. 

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The Senate Finance Committee is launching an investigation into whether major automakers such as Ford Motor Co., General Motors Co. and Tesla Inc. are using parts made with forced labor from the Xinjiang region of China. 

“Unless due diligence confirms that components are not linked to forced labor, automakers cannot and should not sell cars in the United States that include components mined or produced in Xinjiang,” Senator Ron Wyden, the committee’s chair, wrote in letters sent Thursday. “The United States considers the Chinese government’s brutal oppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang an ‘ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity.’”