China Colored-Cotton Co has agreed an export deal with Pakistan textile firm T&N Group.

The contract represents China's entry into the global coloured-cotton market, said a report by Xinhua.

China Colored-Cotton will export 1,600 tons of coloured cotton - worth US$48m - to T&N, it was reported.

The Chinese company is based in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which is said to be the world's biggest coloured-cotton manufacturing hub.