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Xinjiang labor clouds solar sector as panel prices swell

Sanctions risk compounds shortage in one of world's top silicon-producing regions

A solar system is installed on a roof in Sydney: much of the silicon used in solar panels is made in China, specifically in the Xinjiang region.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- China's alleged abuses against Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang are now casting a shadow over the solar industry, as human-rights-conscious countries shy away from a region that is one of the world's biggest sources of silicon.

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