Senator Rubio and colleagues demand answers from DFC on purchase of solar panels tainted with forced labor

by Anne Kader



U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), with five other Republican senators, has sent a letter to the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Dev Jagadesan. They have inquired whether the (DFC) is inadvertently aiding the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) export of solar panels tainted with the forced labor of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.


“Ensuring that the United States is not complicit in enabling genocide and forced labor is a key priority for Congress,” the senators wrote. “That is why the Senate unanimously passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act in July.” 


The People’s Republic of China (PRC) produces more than 80 percent of the world’s solar-grade polysilicon, much of it coming from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Since 2017 the CCP has detained around 1.8 million Uyghurs in extrajudicial camps and in forced labor programs.


Here is the full text of the letter.




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