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Canada and U.K. unveil measures to ensure domestic firms are not complicit in China’s forced labour camps

In this 2018 file photo, people line up at the Artux City Vocational Skills Education Training Service Center at the Kunshan Industrial Park in China’s Xinjiang region.

Ng Han Guan/The Associated Press

Canada and the United Kingdom announced measures to ensure Canadian and U.K. companies are not complicit in human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, the focus of growing international attention over mass detentions, forced labour and alleged genocide.

The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in Xinjiang, a region in northwest China, and activists say crimes against humanity and genocide are taking place there. China has denied any abuses and says its camps in the region provide vocational training and help fight extremism.

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois Philippe Champagne, who became Innovation Minister in a cabinet shuffle Tuesday, and International Trade Minister Mary Ng said the steps Canada is taking are intended