China’s clothing industry is “rebuilding” after years under political uncertainty, and its garment industry is expected to create 2.3 million new jobs over the next five years, according to a new report.
In addition to the manufacturing of clothing, the Chinese government is investing in “new products, services and technologies” to make clothing more durable and more comfortable, according the report from the U.S.-based think tank Economic Policy Institute.
The institute expects to see “major increases in the size and quality of clothing products in the next three to five years,” according to the report.
China’s apparel industry employs nearly 10 million people, but the country has long been criticized for its lack of transparency about the country’s production process.
The government, which was granted the right to regulate clothing in the early 1980s, has repeatedly said it is committed to the clothing industry and to protecting the rights of consumers.