US ap­parel firm cuts ties to Chi­nese com­pany

The Sun Herald - - Business -

A U.S. sup­plier of Tshirts and other team ap­parel to col­lege book­stores cut its ties Wednesday with a Chi­nese com­pany that drew work­ers from an in­tern­ment camp hold­ing tar­geted mem­bers of eth­nic mi­nor­ity groups.

In re­cent years, au­thor­i­ties in the Chi­nese re­gion of Xin­jiang have de­tained an es­ti­mated 1 mil­lion Uighurs and Kaza­khs in fa­cil­i­ties where de­tainees say they are or­dered to re­nounce their lan­guage and re­li­gion.

Bad­ger Sports­wear said Wednesday it will no longer do busi­ness with He­tian Taida, nor im­port any goods from the same re­gion “given the con­tro­versy around do­ing busi­ness” there.

The sup­plier ac­counted for about 1 per­cent of Bad­ger’s to­tal an­nual sales.

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