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BEIJING - China has ratified two International Labour Organization (ILO) treaties on forced labour despite ongoing allegations about the widespread use of forced labour in the Xinjiang region's cotton industry.

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee this week announced it had approved the ratification of the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention, 1930 (No. 29) and the Abolition of Forced Labour Convention, 1957 (No. 105).

China continues to deny allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang - which produces a fifth of the world's cotton - where around 1.8 million Uyghur Muslims, and other minorities, are incarcerated.

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