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CUSEF Express - June 21, 2022

Daily highlights of developments that affect China and the U.S.
Daily highlights of developments that affect China and the U.S.

U.S.’s new Uyghur act goes into effect

  • A bill to prohibit products made with forced labor in Xinjiang from the U.S. market goes into effect today. The bill (H.R.6256), known as the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), will raise the standards of supply chain compliance for Chinese exports and grant the U.S. government more discretion in restricting products from China. It could also lead to the forced publication of business secrets.
  • Although a rare bipartisan consensus in a divided Congress, the Uyghur legislation did not escape partisanship. Rep. James P. McGovern (D-MA) first introduced a UFLPA (H.R.6210) in March 2020. The bill was passed in the House by a 406 - 3 vote in September 2020. But it failed to be taken up by the Senate before the end of the 116th Congress (2019-2020). McGovern reintroduced the bill (H.R.1155) in February 2021, and the House, again, passed the bill overwhelmingly in December 2021. In July 2021, the Senate passed a namesake bill (S.65) with similar content introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). However, Rubio’s bill, which did not include a House version’s requirement that public companies report their business operations in China, was held at the House desk.
  • McGovern was only able to present the final bill after reaching an agreement with Rubio in December 2021. McGovern compromised by removing the reporting requirement, while Rubio agreed to cut the compliance period of affected companies from 300 days to 180 days. President Joe Biden signed the legislation into law on December 23, only nine days after the agreement.

Israel PM to step down after vote to dissolve parliament

  • Israel is on track to have its fifth elections in less than four years as Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said he would step down after next week’s Knesset vote to dissolve the parliament. The collapse of the government was induced by several lawmakers’ withdrawals from their support of the ideologically-mixed governing coalition.
  • Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will take over as interim prime minister until the next elections, which are expected to happen in October. It will probably be Lapid, leader of the largest party in the Bennett-Lapid coalition, to receive U.S. President Joe Biden during his trip to the Middle East in July.
  • Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose 12-year rule was ended by his former ally Bennett one year ago, has pledged to return to office.
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