Xinjian Cotton Vs The World
Xinjiang, the north western region of china, plays a significant role in the global cotton trade.
Home to many ethnic minority group like the Turkic Uyghur people, produces a fifth of all the cotton produced in the world.
It is China’s top cotton producer.
The United Nations and the human rights groups have alleged that over one million Turkic-speaking Muslim Uyghur people have been forced to live in re-education camps.
Top media companies like the BBC have released videos as a proof to this allegation.
Responding to this, BCI (Better Cotton Initiative), a European non-profit, published on their website that they are ceasing all the operations in Xinjiang amid the reports of wide spread forced labor.
Major companies like Adidas, Nike, H&M and Zara also released statements that they are banning the cotton from Xinjiang region to manufacture their products.
But all the companies removed the post from their websites as it turned out, there was a major backlash from the Chinese consumers on Chinese social platforms like waibo.
The brands were removed from the online shopping portals and were boycotted as a response.
European Union, US and Canada has also ordered sanctions on Chinese individuals regarding this matter, banning entry to these countries and even freezing bank accounts.
China has called a boycott on all the brands who released a statement against the Xinjiang cotton growing practices.
This has put a lot of pressure on brands as china is their top market, with zara having more than 140+ stores in China. This is more than they have in the US.
There is a lot of tension going on in the cotton world. Apart from the pandemic hitting the world, there are many other issues like this, which is impacting millions of lives around the world.
Now that companies and brands have removed or withdrawn their statements, they are urging the Chinese government to let officials inside the camps to see the reality of the people. Talks are in process.