TEXAS – US non-profit Textile Exchange has altered the biography of one of its board members to remove reference to links with an organisation involved in administering forced and prison labour in cotton and textile production in Xinjiang. Apparel Insider contacted Textile Exchange last month to to ask about board member Mr Man YickChung and, particularly, his position as a director at China XPCC Cotton Association. However, since we made contact, reference to XPCC has been removed from his biography.
XPCC or Bingtuan is an entity widely described as a ‘quasi-military organisation’ with deeply ingrained links to forced and prison labour. The organisation was extensively cited in 400 leaked Chinese documents recently published by the New York Times which show the extent of the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region, a Western province of China.