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International Olympic Committee picks Chinese uniform supplier suspected of using slave labor

Added 01-24-22 03:23:02pm EST - “The International Olympic Committee claims its Chinese Communist Party-linked uniform suppliers did not use Uyghur slave labor ?" at least not for the official Beijing Olympics garments.” - Washingtonexaminer.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtonexaminer.com: “International Olympic Committee picks Chinese uniform supplier suspected of using slave labor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The International Olympic Committee claims its Chinese Communist Party-linked uniform suppliers did not use Uyghur slave labor — at least not for the official Beijing Olympics garments.

The qualified claim came in response to a letter sent by Congressional-Executive Commission on China to the IOC asking about contracts with China's Anta Sports and Hengyuanxiang Group. The CEEC, led by Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley and Democratic Rep. James McGovern and joined by Republican Rep. Christopher Smith, expressed concern the uniforms to be donned by Olympics officials — not athletes — may have been made with cotton harvested in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The IOC insisted it had a third party look into the matter, and it “did not find any forced, bonded, indentured, or child labor.” The IOC said it asked for proofs of origins for the materials in the Olympic apparel and said the companies assured it the cotton used in the uniforms did not originate in China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded to the CECC letter by claiming that the CECC is “biased against China,” and the Chinese state-run Global Times accused the United States of “bullying."

The U.S. has determined the Chinese government is conducting genocide against Muslim Uyghurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang in western China. President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act into law just before Christmas.

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