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China May Boost Cotton Imports to Cut Xinjiang Fiber in Exports

  • Nation likely to issue extra import quotas to mills: Huatai
  • Suppliers in Brazil, Africa to benefit from additional demand

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China could import more cotton to replace fiber from Xinjiang that’s being rejected by some Western companies and threatens to hurt its booming textile export industry.

The U.S. bans entry of all products containing cotton from Xinjiang, which accounts for over 80% of China’s output, because of concern over the human rights situation in the region. Hennes & Mauritz AB, Nike Inc. and Adidas AG have become ensnared in the row, drawing consumer ire in China for pledges not to use cotton from the area, a major supplier in the global supply chain.