China’s textile industry condemns the U.S. for signing the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act”
The China National Textile and Apparel Council said in a statement on Saturday that it firmly opposes the signing of the so-called Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law into law by the United States.
The Chinese textile industry fully agrees with the relevant position of the Chinese government. In March of this year and 2020, the committee issued a statement condemning the relevant actions of the United States. Further, Some international brands’ excluding the use of cotton produced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The latest signing of the bill attempts to label all commodities produced in Xinjiang as “forced labor” in a “presumption of guilt”. The committee stated that it has set a terrible and dangerous precedent in international economic and trade rules.
The measures taken by the U.S. to prohibit imports from Xinjiang and malicious threats against multinational companies. Self-purchasing products from Xinjiang violated fair and reasonable market economy and free trade rules. The statement said that in essence, this is a bullying that seriously violates the basic human rights of the Xinjiang people. Interferes with and disrupts the international supply chain.
The statement said that the cotton produced in Xinjiang is recognized as a high-quality. Natural fiber raw material that can meet the global rigid consumer demand for cotton textiles and clothing.
In the past few years, Xinjiang’s cotton planting and production have remained stable. However, the local textile and garment industry has developed rapidly, which has played an important role in promoting regional economic development. Furthermore, The committee stated that Xinjiang’s total cotton production this year reached 5.13 million tons. Accounting for about 20% of the world’s total cotton production.
As a representative of the collective interests of China’s textile and apparel industry. The council and the 12 industry associations in the textile industry chain pledged to continue to firmly support cotton planting and production in Xinjiang. They will also support Xinjiang’s cotton trade and consumption at home and abroad. Furthermore, Fully support the prosperity and development of Xinjiang’s textile and garment industry.
Finally, The committee stated that it believes justice is in people’s hearts. China’s textile industry will work closely with global partners to eliminate interference and make every effort to ensure the normal operation of the international textile and apparel industry chain supply chain.