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The Biden administration can stand up to China’s human rights abuses while still pursuing President Joe Biden’s solar energy goals, the White House said.
Biden “believes that we can both take a strong stand against forced labor, against slave labor anywhere it occurs, including in Xinjiang, and at the same time, cultivate and develop a robust, resilient, effective solar supply chain,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.
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China is the world’s leading polysilicon manufacturer used in solar cells to create larger panels. Much of the polysilicon in the solar industry comes through Xinjiang province, where the Chinese government is accused of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities. The U.S. is largely dependent on China for scaled solar deployment.
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