Evidence of human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang has significantly increased over the past five years. As documented by researchers and human rights groups, the Chinese government has subjected...
Nov 29, 2021
The next phase is currently underway in the global quest for justice for Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang subjected to forced labor, one of many alleged human rights abuses in the region. Following mounting...
Apr 10, 2012
Outsourced pollution is a convenient effect of outsourced manufacturing. A paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year found that once it was taken into account, developed countries’ apparent 2%...
Oct 21, 2011
At The New York Times, Floyd Norris presents a series of charts illustrating Chinese clothing exports’ rising prices, and possible consequences for the US economy: When Chinese trade was helping to push down prices for...
Sep 21, 2011
The Wall Street Journal’s Joseph Sternberg examines the erosion of China’s manufacturing supremacy due to rising transport and labour costs, and possible consequences of this shift: … [The] warning to Beijing...
Jul 14, 2011
Greenpeace has released the results of an investigation into water pollution by Chinese textile plants, and is pressuring Western brands such as Nike and Adidas to push for change. From The Guardian: In their one-year...
Feb 26, 2011
Malcom Moore reports for the Telegraph from Xintang, the “jeans capital of the world,” on China’s denim industry and why the price of jeans may rise: More and more workers are choosing not to travel to the...
Sep 12, 2010
The New York Times reports from Prato, Italy, on how Chinese immigrants are beginning to dominate and transform Italy’s prestigious textile industry: The city is now home to the largest concentration of Chinese in Europe —...
Mar 1, 2009
As the global financial crisis continues, China sees its reach affect its textile factories. The demand for textile has decreased worldwide, causing factories in Shaoxing, China’s textile capital, to be shut down and...
Aug 1, 2008
From Caijing Magazine: On July 30 China announced that it will be increasing the tax rebate on a range of textiles and garments from 11 percent to 13 percent beginning August 1 in an effort to assist the country’s textile...
Oct 21, 2007
From Xinhua, via China Daily: The Europe Union (EU) will lift the quotas of ten categories of textile imported from China starting January 1, 2008, said the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Sunday. According to the memorandum signed by the two parties, the EU will lift quotas on China’s textile exports to the EU at the […]
Apr 11, 2007
From the New York Times (photo: imported Chinese worker at a Romanian garment factory, via nytimes.com): To get around the chronic labor shortages hampering this traditional textile center and in other industries across Romania, Sorin Nicolescu, who runs a clothing factory, came up with an original solution: import 800 workers from China. “The explanation is […]
Jul 4, 2006
From Slate.com, via Howard French’s A Glimpse of the World blog: One of the most bruising critiques of China’s emerging role in the global economy holds that the nation is not only taking the jobs of manufacturing workers in rich countries, but is also simultaneously battering the livelihoods of workers in the poorest regions of […]
Nov 27, 2005
From The Financial Times: China’s textile exports to the European Union rose by 40 per cent in the first eight months of the year, at the expense of other Asian and African clothing exporters, while overall EU textiles imports were little changed. The European Commission’s latest trade figures are likely to confirm fears that developing […]
Nov 17, 2005
From The Standard: HK set to import 5,000 mainlanders on minimum wages Staggering from Hong Kong’s decades- long industrial downturn, labor leaders capitulated Tuesday to demands by manufacturers to import low-wage textile workers from the mainland. In return, employers agreed for the first time to impose minimum wages in specific cases. The Labour Advisory Board, […]
Nov 7, 2005
From AFP, via China Daily: The United States and China have agreed to a deal on the import of mainland clothing and fabric, resolving a bitter trade dispute between the two nations, a major Chinese textile association said. “Both the US and China have compromised in reaching this textile pact,” China National Textile and Apparel […]
Oct 14, 2005
Sep 5, 2005
From Bloomberg: The European Union and China reached an agreement to end a stalemate that has left 400 million euros ($502 million) of Chinese garments stranded at European ports. “The EU and China will share responsibility for the goods which are blocked,” Simon Fraser, chief of staff to European Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson, told journalists […]
CDT in the News
- NYT – ‘Breach of the Big Silence’: Protests Stretch China’s Censorship to Its Limits
- NYT – Banana Peels for Xi Jinping
- Washington Post – Chinese state TV obscures maskless crowd in World Cup broadcast
- The Straits Times – China’s Covid-19 protesters find themselves up against censorship, surveillance
- NYT – Quotation of the Day: With Sly Memes and Wordless Protests, Fed-Up Chinese Test the Authorities