The United States Senate unanimously votes to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill that would ban products from Xinjiang in China, unless they are certified as not from the Xinjiang internment camps.
President Joe Biden signs the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law banning imports from China's Xinjiang region citing concerns about the use of forced labour. China denies human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs places sanctions against the chair and vice-chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and Canadian MP Michael Chong. Beijing’s sanctions followed those imposed by the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada earlier this week for what they say are violations of the rights of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
In response to the United States placing sanctions on Chinese officials for their roles in the internment of Uyghurs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announces it will place sanctions on several American politicians, such as Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, and the government agency Congressional-Executive Commission on China for "wrong actions".
The U.S. State Department imposes visa restrictions on numerous Chinese government officials whom it believes responsible for the detention or abuse of Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang province. On Monday the Department of Commerce added twenty-eight Chinese firms and bureaus to its "trade blacklist" for similar reasons.
In a Peking University speech in Beijing, US Pacific Command commander, Admiral Harry Harris, says the U.S. Navy’s freedom-of-navigation patrols in the South China Sea are routine operations intended to demonstrate respect for international law principles. Harris reiterated they should not be construed as a threat to any country while emphasizing America's common ground with China.
Violence in Bachu County, Kashgar Prefecture, of China's Xinjiang results in 21 people killed, including 15 police and social workers. Of the 15 government casualties, 10 members are ethnic Uighur, 3 are Han Chinese, and 2 are ethnic Mongolian.