Caught in US cross hairs over Uygur forced labour accusations, Hong Kong textile firm Esquel to keep its Xinjiang factories open

Caught in US cross hairs over Uygur forced labour accusations, Hong Kong textile firm Esquel to keep its Xinjiang factories open

The novel coronavirus caught Esquel and many of its global fashion rivals off guard this year, but the 42-year-old Hong Kong-based textile manufacturer is facing an even bigger challenge: the US government.Esquel, the leading Hong Kong textile maker that began operations in Xinjiang in the mid-1990s, was one of six companies singled out for potential sanctions in draft legislation unveiled by US lawmakers in March, accusing it of using forced labour in the Xinjiang region of western China. The…


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