China downgraded to Tier 3 status in US human trafficking reportChina downgraded to Tier 3 status in US human trafficking report

Chinese government f66urious over lowered ranking in latest US human trafficking report  

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/06/28
By: Keoni Everingto6n, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The United States downgraded demoted China to “Tier 3,” its lowest

FILE – In this Dec. 6, 2012, file photo, Liu Xia, the wife of China’s jailed Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, poses with a photo of herself and her husband during an interview at her home in Beijing. The newly arrived U.S. ambassador in Beijing Terry Branstad said Wednesday, June 28, 2017, that the Nobel Peace Prize laureate should be allowed to get treatment outside China after he was diagnosed with cancer while imprisoned for subversion. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

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]