Congressional-Executive Commission on China Wrote to the IOC to Justify Contracts with Chinese Companies

Translated by:  MOS Education Team – Emily G

Congressional-Executive Commission on China Wrote to the IOC to Justify Contracts with Chinese Companies

Taiwanese media reported on January 13th, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has entered contracts with Chinese Communist companies, Anta Sports and HYX Group.  Both companies are involved in using Xinjiang cotton to produce uniforms.  There are concerns that IOC personnel or others attending the Beijing Olympics will be wearing clothing produced by forced labor.  The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released a letter to IOC on January 12th, seeking further information about the contracts.

The letter states President Biden signed the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” into law in December 2021, creating a “rebuttable presumption” that goods sourced in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are made with forced labor therefore prohibited from entering the United States.  The letter conveyed that cotton produced in the XUAR is synonymous with forced labor and the systematic repression that takes place therein, hence the concern for the 2022 Olympic Games to be inundated with “clothing contaminated by forced labor”, according to CECC.

The letter requests IOC President Thomas Bach to make a public copy of the “certificate of origin” given to the IOC by HYX Group.  The letter also requests Thomas Bach to present whether any assurances Anta Sports gave the IOC that the products Anta Sports supplied to the IOC were not produced in whole or in part by forced labor and that such assurances can be trusted.

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Bobbi
4 months ago

the reference letter from the Congressional Committee on Human Rights is missing. Can you re-post it please?