According to news from Observer.com on March 30, after the failure of forcibly slandering Xinjiang cotton, some people are eyeing the textile viscose fiber in Xinjiang. The current supplier of this material, Stora Enso in Finland, has been forced to stop producing related raw materials.
Viscose fiber is a kind of man-made fiber, which is used many times in textile and clothing fields. Xinjiang region produces a large amount of viscose fiber every year for domestic use or export.
This attracted the attention of some Western media, who discovered that when wood pulp technology is used to produce this material, it is necessary to dissolve wood pulp as a raw material. The dissolving wood pulp imported from Xinjiang is mainly from Finland's Stora Enso, so these media seem to have found a "breakthrough."
For some time, the Western media has been pressing the Finnish company with some unnecessary "human rights issues". Although the company stated that it had visited factories in Xinjiang many times, it did not discover the "human rights issues" mentioned by these media. It was still chased and blocked by these media. The funny thing is that these people who have the right to speak have never visited Xinjiang for on-site inspections. Instead, the words of Stora Enso, which often send people to Xinjiang factories, have been twisted into "lie."
On March 29, Stora Enso, under pressure from public opinion, announced that it would stop the production of dissolving wood pulp and withdraw from the global dissolving wood pulp industry. However, it is worth mentioning that the company did not mention China or Xinjiang in the relevant statement, let alone the so-called "human rights issues" of the Western media. It only stated that the decision was to adjust the company's industrial structure.
Detrimental to oneself
It is understood that the dissolving wood pulp produced by the company has been imported to China since 2017, and the trade volume has so far been close to 400 million U.S. dollars. Therefore, the forced "adjustment of the industrial structure" this time will probably bring a lot of pressure to the company.
However, as mentioned above, Stora Enso has not expressed support for the rumors made by Western media, so the current cut-off of dissolving wood pulp is meaningless to these Western media.
And even if Stora Enso stops producing dissolving wood pulp, there will be other similar companies to fill this market vacancy. In addition, dissolving wood pulp is not irreplaceable. In fact, cotton pulp is mostly used in the domestic production of viscose fiber.
Taking a 10,000 step back, viscose fiber is just an alternative to cotton in the clothing industry. Even without viscose fiber, other man-made fibers can be used, or cotton can be used directly. In the end, this kind of trick can only hurt the raw material companies that were forced to break their contracts and suspend production.
Failed to touch porcelain in Xinjiang cotton
Recently, the "Better Cotton Development Association (BCI)" and some western media-based overseas organizations have been trying to hype up Xinjiang-related issues, creating some completely illogical rumors to smear China. Interestingly, the Xinhua News Agency found that the BCI international organization not only does not have an independent office location, but even the office staff are sneaky and afraid to meet people. It is more like a "leather bag company."
These actions that should have been criticized and resisted instead caused H&M and Nike and other apparel companies to converge, but this also failed to make any waves. Instead, these apparel companies themselves suffered a lot. H&M products were removed from the e-commerce platform, offline stores were closed one after another, and the market value of companies such as Nike even lost tens of billions of dollars overnight.
The Chinese people are becoming more and more united in the face of these rumors time and time again.