A view of Xinjiang Daqo. (Zhang Dan/GTXinjiang)

A major polysilicon factory has become the first Xinjiang-based solar company to open its doors to foreign media since allegations of forced labor in the sector surfaced, reports Bloomberg.

Daqo New Energy, a US-listed firm, is breaking ranks in an attempt to shield itself from potential U.S sanctions over China’s treatment of the Uyghur minority group in Xinjiang, Bloomberg says in the article.

Daqo’s CFO told Bloomberg: “We have not ever participated in any of the labor-transfer programs.”

This comes after media outlets – including BBC and CNN reported on a new research.

The research, by UK’s Sheffield Hallam University, claims that the global production of solar panels is using forced labor from China’s Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang province.

This claim is denied by Chinese authorities.

The Chinese province of Xinjiang produces about 45% of the world’s supply of the key component, polysilicon, required to manufacture solar panels.

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