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G-7 trade ministers call for ridding supply chains of forced labor

Statement follows Western pressure on China over Uyghur treatment

A farmer picks cotton in a field in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where there are reports of forced labor.   © AP

TOKYO/LONDON -- Ministers from the Group of Seven advanced economies agreed Friday to seek to eliminate forced labor from global supply chains, taking a stance seen as in line with Western criticism of China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims.

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