China admits campaign against Uyghur slave cotton is working

The Chinese state enterprise world times On Tuesday, he spoke at length about the “unilateralism, protectionism and intimidation” of the U.S. Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) – but also admitted the law was working as intended, even before it was introduced. officially comes into force on Tuesday.

The UFLPA was passed by Congress and signed into law in December 2021 with a 180-day grace period, so enforcement did not begin until June 21, 2022. The law requires importers to certify their products and supply chains are free from forced contamination. labor in Xinjiang province, where China herded millions of Uyghur Muslims into brutal concentration camps and forced them to work for various industries, including Xinjiang’s sprawling cotton fields.

Apparel industry analysts Noted that the UFLPA sets the bar high for textile manufacturers, so many of them started looking for alternatives to Xinjiang cotton even before the law came into effect. Other international operations with supply chains stretching across Xinjiang have followed suit.

Mixed with the World times’ several first-hand accounts from sources in China’s textile industry said that cotton orders from Xinjiang were plummeting and finished yarn was piling up in warehouses.

The Chinese Communist newspaper has struggled to reassure its readers that Xinjiang’s cotton woes are only “marginally” affected by the UFLPA. Instead, he blamed China’s coronavirus lockdowns, shipping issues and fluctuating market prices for lost cotton sales:

Zhang Jie, who runs a textile factory in Xinjiang and a garment export business in Shanghai, told the Global Times on Tuesday that recent outbreaks in megacities including Shanghai and Beijing have undermined Chinese consumers’ product purchases. , including apparel, resulting in increased apparel inventories which reduced demand from manufacturers for cotton and cotton fabrics.

“Commodity exports to third-country markets have also been affected by lagging logistics networks and port congestion, which have weighed on upstream chains,” Zhang said, but the situation is expected to improve in the future. the coming months.

On May 30, the Xinjiang regional government held a meeting on promoting the stable and healthy development of the cotton industry. The meeting proposed to accelerate the establishment of cotton and yarn transaction centers and digital platforms to strengthen the digitalization of the industry, while encouraging large textile companies to increase jobs as well as their economic contribution. , according to a press release posted on the local government’s website.

The world times smugly predicted that the US ban on Xinjiang cotton would collapse as world cotton prices rise, backing up his point with a huge infographic highlighting that Xinjiang supplied 89.5% of China’s cotton the year last, so its products are indispensable.

“Other countries couldn’t make up the supply gap,” a Chinese cotton mill owner told Reuters. World times. first word of international buyers says that on the contrary, other cotton suppliers are stepping up and going without the 20% of the world’s cotton supply produced by Xinjiang might not be that difficult or costly.

Omer Kanat, Executive Director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) said The implementation of the UFLPA was a “huge victory” for human rights and predicted that other countries would follow the US lead.

Kanat’s group and its partners in the Coalition to End Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region have called on companies around the world to “end business ties with the Uyghur region and ensure they do not source products in workplaces across China where Uyghurs are subjected to forced labor.” and atrocities.

UHRP too asked international companies not to “dump goods related to the Uyghur region to other markets and not to re-export contaminated goods”.

“We’ve seen how corporate greed can motivate companies to go to great lengths to mask their use of forced labor and other unethical practices to create their products,” Kanat said.

“Any company that is truly committed to ending forced labor must implement a single global standard in their supply chain that prohibits products originating from the Uyghur region,” he urged.

“We will see if a company is brazen enough to take discarded clothing or solar panels from the US because they are tainted with forced labor and try to sell those same products to unsuspecting consumers in the UK or Japan. . The reputational risk would be huge,” said Scott Nova, executive director of the Worker Rights Consortium, another member of the anti-forced labor coalition.

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