The pledge from the Solar Energy Industries Association in the U.S. doesn't specifically mention Xinjiang, according to The Japan Times. The region in Western China plays a dominant role in the global solar supply chain, and it's also become the center of widespread accusations that President Xi Jinping's government is systematically oppressing Muslim Uighurs. It will be much harder for them to actually cut ties with Xinjiang, the western China region facing increasing scrutiny for human rights abuses. An accompanying press release, however, calls on the pledge's signatories to quit the territory over evidence of forced labor. ; The move sheds light on a dirty secret of the solar industry It relies on Xinjiang and its cheap coal power to produce half of its key raw material. Political pressure is building up within the industry to reconsider the supply chain, said Johannes Bernreuter, head of polysilicon market intelligence firm Bernreuter Research. And with demand for panels set to explode as the U.S. and China commit to more clean power, it will be even harder for the industry to quit the troubled region. (news.financializer.com).
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