The report reviews the history and development of Xinjiang’s cotton textile industry and says the industry helps the region eliminate hunger and poverty while improving the general well-being of people across Xinjiang.
Under Chapter 6, named ‘Putting People First’, the report reads, “As an important part of Xinjiang’s textile and garment industry, the cotton industry, in addition to creating job opportunities and promoting local employment, will strengthen the employment culture and mechanism of putting people first and respecting employees’ rights and interests.”
The industry secures the livelihoods of millions of people in Xinjiang, including cotton growers, cotton textile workers and their family members, improves their lives and promotes the realisation of their economic rights, the report further states.
It’s worth mentioning here that the USA had announced a ban on imports of cotton from Xinjiang recently, citing human rights violations and the use of ‘forced labour’ in the region.
“Recently, there have been some voices overseas saying Xinjiang’s local government forces people to collect cotton; this is just nonsense,” commented Kakri Usur, a cotton grower from Kuqa City in Aksu Prefecture in southern Xinjiang, during a press conference this week on Monday.