The United States have forbidden clothing products made with cotton grown in Xinjiang to enter the country. The reason is the alleged forced labour imposed on Muslim minorities in this Chinese region.
The measure includes raw fibres, fabrics and textile products made from cotton produced in Xinjiang, in Northwest China. The US Department of Homeland Security estimates that in the past year, the United States imported about $ 9 billion worth of cotton products. DHS Deputy Internal Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli guarantees that “DHS will not tolerate forced labour of any kind”, and warns companies not to not buy products from Xinjiang.
According to Reuters, the UN is investigating precarious labour camps in Xinjiang, from which 20% of the cotton used worldwide is sourced. China denies allegations of forced labour, wages retention, and movement restriction of one million Uighur Muslims.