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China Solar Industry Pushes Back Against U.S. Xinjiang Scrutiny

  • There is no forced labor in region, industry association says
  • Solar companies are slowly shifting production from Xinjiang

China’s solar industry pushed back against increasing U.S. scrutiny of human rights issues in Xinjiang, calling it slander designed to help American companies compete in the fast-growing sector.

Solar firms strictly follow international standards in the region and there’s no evidence of any forced labor, the China Photovoltaic Industry Association said in a WeChat post on Tuesday. It’s the group’s first statement on the issue, and it largely follows the official line on Xinjiang from Beijing.