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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

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.

The joint statement from the G-7 trade meeting in London marks the first time the group has endorsed import restrictions and other trade policy tools to stop forced labor.

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