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China branch of cotton trade body finds no forced labour in Xinjiang

Stock MarketsMar 26, 2021 07:30AM ET
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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The China branch of the cotton trade body Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) said on Friday it had not found signs of forced labour related to cotton production in Xinjiang.

The comments come as a number of overseas retailers face a public backlash from Chinese consumers who circulated statements from the brands on social media announcing they will cease sourcing from Xinjiang. BCI counts many of the brands in question, including H&M, Nike (NYSE:NKE), and Adidas (OTC:ADDYY), as members.

"The BCI Shanghai representative office once again solemnly reiterates that the China project team strictly abides by BCI's audit principles," the trade body said in a statement. 

"Since 2012, the Xinjiang project site has performed second-party credibility audits and third-party verifications over the years, and has never found a single case related to incidents of forced labor."

The branch added it would remain in communication with its Chinese partners in Xinjiang.

Earlier this week, Chinese citizens launched a social media backlash against H&M by circulating a notice the company published last year stating it would cease sourcing cotton from Xinjiang. The backlash quickly extended to other overseas brands.

Human rights organisations have accused China of running forced labour camps for Uighur Muslims living in the western region. Beijing has repeatedly denied the accusations, calling the camps in question vocational training centres.

A number of major Chinese apps have joined the backlash by removing H&M from their listings.

China branch of cotton trade body finds no forced labour in Xinjiang
 

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Tony Low
Tony Low Mar 28, 2021 3:41AM ET
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nah...nothing to see here, just someone is losing ton of money to the Chinese in the cotton industry, that's all....lol
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Maybe I will force labour on planting opium poppy.. Everybody will be happy
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Cmon nowadays force Labour? When the machinery can do better than human?
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Simon Liu Mar 26, 2021 9:44AM ET
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CCP is the only party in the world who is fight for 1.4 billion people against the poverty, and succeeded. Ask your own party, what are they doing then? Yeah, they give speech, sometimes lies.
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Reuters is spreading c/r/a/p. 99% of all k/i/llers r saying they r not guilty.
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John Wee Mar 26, 2021 7:43AM ET
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Which govt in the world do not cover up?
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I think is united States of cover up
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Sorry if I m wrong
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Nordin Mohamad Mar 26, 2021 7:33AM ET
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do bizz with some one else not with ccp which bullying their own people and others
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keep believing that...be a good 🐕.....since you don't have $$ to go traveling to see it for yourself...
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Nordin.. You are another sicko
 
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