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Alabama school district forced to reorder laptops after US blocks China shipment: report

Added 08-05-20 01:43:02am EST - “An Alabama school district has been forced to re-order thousands of laptops for students -- just weeks before the scheduled? restart of school? -- because the original computers were partly made by a Chinese company that is suspected…” - Foxnews.com

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An Alabama school district has been forced to re-order thousands of laptops for students -- just weeks before the scheduled restart of school -- because the original computers were partly made by a Chinese company that is suspected of using forced labor, according to a report.

The company in question, Hefei Bitland Information Technology Company, is one of 11 Chinese companies that the U.S. Commerce Department put on an entity list last month, essentially blacklisting them from the United States.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said at the time that the companies were implicated in the Chinese Communist Party’s “campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at Muslim minority groups from the Xinjiang” region of China.

Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby told the Associated Press that the reseller his school district ordered the computers through, Trinity3 Technology, told the school district this week that the devices were being held in customs by the Commerce Department.

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