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China Solar Giant to Hire Auditor as Xinjiang Scrutiny Grows

  • Daqo New Energy has shortlisted global firms to vet operations
  • U.S., others accuse China of oppressing Uyghurs in Xinjiang
A Daqo New Energy Corp. facility in Shihezi, Xinjiang province, China.

A Daqo New Energy Corp. facility in Shihezi, Xinjiang province, China.

Photographer: Colum Murphy/Bloomberg
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Daqo New Energy Corp., a key supplier to the solar industry, has shortlisted three global auditors to assess its operations amid international allegations over the use of forced labor in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang.

The New York-listed company, which operates in the region, has denied that it’s involved in the practice or in work programs that the U.S. and others say are used to oppress the local Muslim Uyghur minority. Executives discussed the plan as the firm opened up a Xinjiang plant this week to a small group of investors, analysts and media.