Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region, a major cotton production base in Northwest China, is aiming to create more than 100,000 new textile jobs in 2017, through intensive processing projects such as garment manufacturing. Yin Xiaodong, an official in the region’s textile industry, said Monday [9 January 2017] that the number would account for two-thirds of planned new jobs in the region’s industrial sector in 2017, or a quarter of all new jobs…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2017
- In 2016, approximately 112,300 new workers (~50% of new industrial employment) were reportedly hired/recruited into Xinjiang Region’s textile industry.
- From January to May 2016, Xinjiang textile and garment exports to Russia/Central Asia increased 60% year-on-year. Approximately 70% of Chinese textile and garment exports via Xinjiang customs points were shipped to Kyrgyzstan (top share) and Kazakhstan (second largest share).
- In June 2015, China’s State Council issued measures to promote Xinjiang’s textile and garment industry in order to boost local employment and exports.
- In 2014, Xinjiang Region accounted for 60% or 3.6 million MTs of China’s total cotton output. During the same year, Chinese cotton reserves reached 11 million MTs, equal to roughly half of global cotton trade volumes.
- In September 2014, the Chinese government stated it plans to raise the number of those employed in Xinjiang’s cotton industry from 200,000 to 1 million by 2020.
- In July 2014, Xinjiang announced plans to spend approximately CNY 20 billion yuan ($3.2 billion) on boosting the textile industry in the southwestern Xinjiang city of Aksu (near Kyrgyzstan).
- From 2012 to 2013, China’s cotton output declined from 6.8 million MTs to 6.2 million MTs. In 2013, Xinjiang accounted 56% or 3.5 million MTs of Chinese cotton production. The next largest producer was Shandong which accounted for 10% (620,961 MTs of output).
- Established in 1954 and headquartered in Ürümqi, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC, aka Bingtuan) is a quasi-governmental organization that accounts for approximately 30% of China’s cotton output. Initially given a mandate by Mao Zedong to develop and garrison China’s frontiers in the far west, the XPCC has emerged as the country’s leading cotton producers. The XPCC has Xinjiang cotton operations in the cities of Aral, Tiemenguan City, Tumxuk, and Shuanghe.
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