US Bans Cotton Imports From China’s XPCC, Citing Xinjiang ‘Slave Labor’

WASHINGTON/BEIJING—The Trump administration expanded economic pressure on China's western region of Xinjiang, banning cotton imports from a powerful Chinese quasi-military organization that it says uses the forced labor of detained Uyghur Muslims. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Dec. 2 its "Withhold Release Order" would ban cotton and cotton products from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), one of China's largest producers. The ban against XPCC, which produced 30[percent] of China's cotton in 2015, could have a sweeping effect on companies globally involved in selling textiles and apparel to the United States. The action follows a Treasury Department ban in July on all dollar transactions with the sprawling business-and-paramilitary entity, founded in 1954 to settle China's Far West. 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 ...

US Bans Cotton Imports From China’s XPCC, Citing Xinjiang
‘Slave Labor’
WASHINGTON/BEIJING—The Trump administration expanded economic pressure on China's western region of Xinjiang, banning cotton imports from a powerful Chinese quasi-military organization that it says uses the forced labor of detained Uyghur Muslims. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency said on Dec. 2 its "Withhold Release Order" would ban cotton and cotton products from the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC), one of China's largest producers. The ban against XPCC, which produced 30[percent] of China's cotton in 2015, could have a sweeping effect on companies globally involved in selling textiles and apparel to the United States. The action follows a Treasury Department ban in July on all dollar transactions with the sprawling business-and-paramilitary entity, founded in 1954 to settle China's Far West. 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 ...