In China’s cotton-growing Xinjiang region, farmers have been hailing a bumper harvest this autumn. But much of the crop is under US sanctions, and where it will end up is a thorny question, The Washington Post says.
Some of the largest Xinjiang suppliers have been banned since last year from selling to the US because of human rights abuses in the region against members of the Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority.
Laura Murphy, a professor of human rights and contemporary slavery at Sheffield Hallam University, says Xinjiang cotton is still making it to US shelves, because it is shipped to third countries for clothing manufacturing.
Read the full report: The Washington Post