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US-China tensions

China's Xinjiang obfuscates trade data after U.S. import ban

Detailed monthly breakdown of exports disappears without explanation

Seed cotton being moved at a processing plant in Xinjiang's Kashgar city.    © Reuters

HONG KONG -- The local government in China's Xinjiang region has scrubbed detailed data on monthly exports from its customs website after the U.S. slapped a ban on shipments over forced labor concerns.

However, the breakdown of shipments can still be accessed through the national government's customs portal.

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