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The International Olympic Committee contracted a Chinese textiles company that uses Xinjiang cotton to make staff uniforms for the Tokyo Games, Axios reported.
The IOC announced in September 2019 that it had hired the Hengyuanxiang Group to make outfits for the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as outfits for games staff.
But Axios reported Tuesday that a large number of products marketed by the group on the major online marketplaces Taobao and JD.com are openly branded as being made from Xinjiang cotton.
The company also oversees a franchise factory in Xinjiang, Axios said.
The use of Xinjiang cotton has become a politically fraught issue.
China is accused of forcing thousands of Uyghur Muslims to work in fabric factories, and companies like H&M have been slammed for using cotton sourced from the region.
The reported workhouses are a part of a wider crackdown by Beijing on the Uyghurs, an ethnic Turkic minority.
Since at least 2016, more than one million Uyghurs have been interned in hundreds of prison-like camps across Xinjiang.
The US has labeled the project “genocide” and, in January, banned the import of all cotton products made in Xinjiang.
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Source:: Businessinsider – Politics