Mar 26, 2021

Xinjiang cotton: Western clothes brands vanish as backlash grows

China is accused of committing serious human rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. "We have always bought and used cotton produced in China, including Xinjiang cotton, and in the future we will continue to do so," it said. Japanese sportswear label Asics also pledged support for Xinjiang cotton, while Japanese retailer Muji - which at one point had marketed a "Xinjiang cotton" line of products- told the Global Times it was still selling such items in China. Xinjiang, China's biggest region, produces about a fifth of the world's cotton. Millions of China's Uighurs, a Muslim minority that sees itself as culturally and ethnically close to Central Asian nations, live in Xinjiang.

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