The mainland will regulate imports of cotton to curb a rising incidence of fraud and encourage state-owned textile factories to buy domestic cotton, the Economic Information Daily said yesterday. The State Administration for the Inspection of Import and Export Commodities would shut down unqualified cotton traders, the newspaper said. Authorities would promote the use of cotton produced by the northwestern region of Xinjiang, the newspaper quoted the State Economic and Trade Commission saying. The government would take unspecified measures to make the price of Xinjiang cotton competitive. Despite widespread fraud in cotton imports, the mainland imported 460,000 tonnes of cotton in the first half of this year and 650,000 tonnes of cotton last year because imported cotton was cheaper, it said.