It is a war of words, in a war for the mind.
This year’s edition of the International Textile Conference has seen the debate rage on about the role of the global textile industry.
The war between textile industries in China and India is far from over, but with a new crop of cotton and other commodities, there is now a real opportunity to boost global production.
In a bid to gain an advantage, textile companies are also trying to promote themselves as global champions of their brands.
In Asia, where textile industries account for just over a fifth of the GDP, the global trade of textiles accounts for about 80% of GDP.
But China’s textile industry has been in decline for decades, with the sector’s share of the overall economy falling from 70% in 2004 to just over 40% in 2016.
The textile industry in China is growing faster than the global economy.
According to a recent report by the International Labour Organisation, China’s exports of textile products increased by almost 40% between 2012 and 2015, and accounted for nearly half of all textile exports worldwide.
Yet China’s growth in the textile industry is being met with the kind of skepticism that would have been unimaginable just a few years ago.
The country’s textile factories, which are largely owned by a handful of companies, are the primary source of jobs for thousands of migrant workers from Bangladesh and other low-wage countries.
In China, a textile worker is paid between 7,500 and 11,500 yuan ($1,200 to $2,200) a month, or around $1,400 to $1.70 a day.
In contrast, the world average wage in the UK is about $11 per hour.
And, according to the International Labor Organization, the median income in the US is less than $27,000.
The disparity in wages between China and the rest of the world has led to the trade war.
A new study by the Oxford University’s Global Centre for International Development (GCID) suggests that China is not the only market for cheap Chinese cotton.
There are other opportunities, too, including in South America and the Middle East.
This is not to say that textile production in China has been on the decline.
But the global rise of the cotton industry is having a detrimental impact on the global supply chain, said Michael G. Johnson, a professor of economics at Oxford University.
In particular, Johnson says, China has a strong history of over-exploiting its own natural resources, such as minerals and timber, to expand its domestic industry.
“This is something that we need to look at,” Johnson said.
“If you look at the situation of the textile sector in the last five to 10 years, there has been a dramatic shift in the value of the Chinese currency to the dollar.
So it is a question of, is the value the currency of the country?”
China has also increased the level of import tariffs on cotton, which means the cost of the commodity is reduced, which is good for domestic producers, but not for overseas suppliers.
“It’s the same story with the timber industry, which has been cut in half, and the textile industries,” said Johnson.
“This is a very big deal for the global industry.
But it is also a big deal to the people of China, and it is an issue for us as well.”
It is hard to overstate the importance of the garment industry, said Johnson, because it provides jobs for millions of people, including the workers that work for the multinationals that own the industry.
“In a way, it is the engine that is driving the economy,” Johnson told me.
“The textile industry was the second-largest employer in Bangladesh in 2014, after agriculture, according the UN.
So there is a direct link between the garment sector and the health and well-being of the population.
There’s been an explosion of people who have lost their jobs, and there’s been a lot of loss of livelihoods, and they are suffering.”
I’m not saying the textile is a bad thing, but it’s not something that should be seen as a benefit to the country,” he said.
And for those textile workers who are being left out of the fabric industry, there are other options.
Many people in Bangladesh and India are working in factories that are run by third-party owners.
According to Johnson, the problem is compounded by the fact that most of these companies have no local labour force, and most of the people working in these factories are migrant workers.
The textile workers’ union has been fighting against the companies for years.
In 2015, it launched a campaign called The Textile Workers’ Cause, in which the union members wore yellow T-shirts to highlight the need for better conditions in the factories.
The campaign, which was funded by the Bangladesh Teahouse Workers’ Federation (BTWF), won a huge victory when the company was fined