A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua
A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua

exclusive | US farm brand John Deere at forefront of surging cotton machinery sales to Xinjiang, as human rights sanctions loom

  • Sales of hi-tech US cotton-harvesting machinery to be used in Xinjiang rose by more than 4,000 per cent in April from a year earlier, a Post investigation shows
  • John Deere has a heavy presence in the western Chinese region, where dominant entities face US sanctions over alleged human rights abuses

Topic |   US-China decoupling
A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua
A John Deere cotton harvester moves through a field in Dolatbag, a town in China’s cotton-rich Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. Local field workers have said fewer people are needed to harvest the resource as more machines take over. Photo: Xinhua
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