Chinese government f66urious over lowered ranking in latest US human trafficking report
By: Keoni Everingto6n, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United States downgraded demoted China to “Tier 3,” its lowest
ranking6 in its 2017 human trafficking report on Tuesday.
The downgrading of China now places it in the same category as North Korea, Zimbabwe, Iran, Venezuela and Syria, a move which was a surprise to many this year after the Trump administration had avoided much public criticism of Beijing on any major issue in order to curry its support in pressuring North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapon program.
Standing with Ivanka Trump at his side while making the announcement, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, “China was downgraded to Tier 3 status in this year’s report in part because it has not taken serious steps to end its own complicity in trafficking, including forced laborers from North Korea that are located in China.” [FULL STORY]