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China’s yarn export declines for Xinjiang cotton ban by US

After banning Xinjiang cotton and its products, China’s monthly yarn exports declined to $1,096.505 million in September from $1,472.494 million in May 2022.

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Figure: After banning Xinjiang cotton and its products, China’s monthly yarn exports declined to $1,096.505 million in September from $1,472.494 million in May 2022.

China exports cotton yarn, polyester yarn, blended yarn and other types of yarn to many countries. Due to the ban, China’s exports of cotton yarn and cotton blended yarn have taken a hit.

Researchers say Xinjiang produces 85% of cotton grown in China, constituting one-fifth of the world’s cotton.

In April 2022, China’s yarn exports were $1,265.512 million, which increased to $1,472.494 million in May.

As products made of cotton originating from Xinjiang cannot be supplied to the US, the shipment slipped to $1,433.541 million in June, $1,323.384 million in July, $1,172.470 million in August and $1,096 million in September 2022.

The country shipped yarn worth $11.722 billion in the first nine months of this year. Its exports were worth $13.769 billion in 2021, $9.724 billion in 2020, $12.397 billion in 2019 and 12.695 billion in 2018.

In May, 2022, scientists discovered Xinjiang cotton in shirts and T-shirts made by Adidas, Hugo Boss, and Puma clothing.

Experts believe that the Xinjiang authorities are forcing more than half a million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic groups to take up arms under the guise of state-sponsored “poverty alleviation” projects.

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