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U.S. bans imports of all cotton, tomato products from China’s Xinjiang region

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Deanna Wagner | 14 January, 2021, 14:48

The region wide import ban follows a move to block cotton imports from China's largest producer, the military-linked Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC).

Among other measures, British ministers are looking to impose tougher export controls on goods and technology to China that could be used for repression, the report added.

China has built a vast system of detention camps where more than 1 million Uighurs and others have been subjected to torture, sterilization and political indoctrination, according to former inmates and monitoring groups.

China says it aims only to promote economic and social development in the region and stamp out religious extremism, separatism and terrorism.

"The so-called forced labour issue is a lie of the century fabricated out of thin air", said a foreign ministry spokesman, Zhao Lijian.

"We urge the USA side to respect facts, immediately withdraw its wrong decision and stop interfering in China's internal affairs under the pretext of Xinjiang-related issues", Zhao said. The government has made similar statements following earlier US sanctions but took no action.

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Both will have a big impact on cotton production in Xinjiang, which produces as much as 20% of the world's supply of the commodity.Cotton futures prices fell slightly on Wednesday, but traders attributed the drop to profit-taking after prices hit a two year high on a USA production outlook cut.

The U.S. move violated "international trade rules and market economy principles", while disrupting global industrial and supply chains, Zhao said.

CBP officials said some 43 shipments of cotton-based products have been detained at USA entry ports since the XPCC ban was announced.

"It is detrimental to the interests of enterprises and consumers of all countries, including the United States itself", he said.

The United States imported about $9 billion worth of cotton goods directly from China previous year, according to the USA government. The government said it has stopped shipments worth about United States dollars 2 million.

A Chinese court last month handed down a four-year jail term to a citizen-journalist who reported from Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus before it spread across the globe, while others who did the same have disappeared.