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U.S. bans cotton imports from China producer

Christian Fernsby |
The administration of United States President Donald Trump raised the economic pressure on China’s western region of Xinjiang, banning cotton that it says uses the forced labour of detained Uighur Muslims.

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The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency said its “Withhold Release Order” would ban cotton and cotton products from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), one of China’s largest producers.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli, who oversees the border agency, called Made in China a “warning label”.

“The cheap cotton goods you may be buying for family and friends during this season of giving if coming from China may have been made by slave labour in some of the most egregious human rights violations existing today in the modern world,” he told a news conference.

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