Top China cotton producer resists reforms in restive Xinjiang

February 20, 2015 4:31 AM

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Top China cotton producer resists reforms in restive Xinjiang

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top cotton producer, a quasi-military body formed 60 years ago to settle the far west Xinjiang area, is resisting a government policy that could force it to cut output in an industry employing hundreds of thousands in the restive region.

Beijing has pledged to end a costly stockpiling program that has artificially inflated cotton prices and in Xinjiang helped underpin an influx of Han Chinese workers, creating friction in an area home to the Muslim Uighur people.

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