Residents from the northwest region of China’s Xinjiang are being used in the supply chains of major international brands including Apple, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a think tank. China has been accused of repressing Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, where more than a million people have been placed into so-called re-education camps. Some of the detainees...
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