The British government sent nearly £150 million to firms connected to the concentration camp regime in the Chinese region of Xinjiang for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
The government paid out £122 million alone to Winner Medica, which supplies some of its cotton from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), a paramilitary group that has been barred from selling in the United States following accusations of slave labour.
The government also shelled out £19m contract to the pharmaceutical company China Meheco and another £16.5 million to Sinopharm. Both companies have been linked to slave labour camps in the region, according to The Telegraph.
China Meheco lists the XPCC as a company used for “labour services” in its “account payable” ledger, while Sinopharm is listed as being involved in the Xinjiang Labour Transfer Programme, which has been accused of the forced relocation of Uyghurs throughout China.