Made in China Clothes May Actually Come from North Korea

Posted: August 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

We trust the tags on our clothes to truthfully identify where the clothing was made. But they don’t always tell the whole story.

Reuters reports that it is becoming increasingly common for Chinese textile firms to take orders from international fashion brands and then send fabrics and other raw materials to North Korean factories just across the border, where worker wages are much lower, to be sewn into the finished clothes. The clothes are sent back to Chinese ports and exported globally, bearing “Made in China” tags.

A concern for fashion brands and Western shoppers is that in addition to their reportedly harsh working conditions, North Korea’s state-owned factories help support the North Korean regime. Money from exports can even be funneled (paywall) back into the country’s weapons program.

Brands may or may not know it’s happening. “We will ask the Chinese suppliers who work with us if they plan on being open with their client—sometimes the final buyer won’t realize their clothes are being made in North Korea,” one Korean-Chinese businessman told Reuters. Like many of the news outlet’s sources, he works in the Chinese border city of Dandong, where much of the trade between the two countries passes through, and where numerous clothing agents serve as middlemen between Chinese manufacturers and international brands. . .

via Your “made in China” clothes may actually have been made in North Korea — Quartz

Comments
  1. futuret says:

    NOT SURPRISING, CHINA SELLS FOOD TO OTHER COUNTRIES, THEN THESE COUNTRIES MARKET THE FOOD THEY BOUGHT UNDER THEIR OWN NAMES AND LABELS. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT THE HELL THEY ARE WEARING OR EATING. IVANKA TRUMP’S SCARFS THAT WERE SUPPOSE TO BE MADE IN CHINA, CAUGHT ON FIRE WHEN WORN IN HOT TEMPERATURES. WE SHOULD BE ABLE TO KNOW WHERE THESE ITEMS, FOOD, AND DRINK ORIGINALLY COME FROM, BUT WHAT A RACKET IN TRADE.

    • And if Trump nukes North Korea, where are Americans going to get cheap teeshirts and undies?

      • futuret says:

        WELL, IT LOOKS LIKE THE GIRLS AND WOMEN ARE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE SEWING CLASSES AGAIN. WE CAN WALK AROUND WITH FIG LEAF OR TWO. I DO NOT HAVE TO AGREE WITH ANYONE POLITICALLY OR ACCEPT THE TRADITIONS OF ANY CULTURE, BUT RIGHT IS RIGHT AND WRONG IS WRONG. WHO IN THE HELL WOULD LET HIS DAUGHTER IN PARTICULAR IVANKA TRUMP KUSHNER RUN SLAVE LABOR CAMPS IN OTHER COUNTRIES; MY LATE FATHER WOULD BEAT THE HELL OUT OF ME, BEFORE I WOULD DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT. MY LATE FATHER DID NOT AGREE WITH MANY OF THINGS, BUT HE WOULD NOT TOLERATE HUMAN ABUSE. WE HAVE ANY IDIOT OF WHOM MANY STILL ARE MAKING EVERY EXCUSE FOR, BUT THEY SHALL BE IN FOR MANY OF SURPRISES AND NONE OF THEM PLEASANT.

  2. Kenneth T. says:

    I have no doubt, this is a common practice in the manufacturing companies of the US of A, the company I work for, is no exception.

  3. Tears says:

    Given who is quoted in that article from QZ.com I have doubt, very big one at that. It is very much orchestrated propaganda and hate campaign against NK just like that story about NK rocket engines from NYT yesterday. Coincidence, and another doubt? No I am actually convinced that this is another Iraq-like, a Nazi like the Big Lie campaign of Anglo-Saxons’ regime(s) that wants another One Million death intervention. The QZ article is pure propaganda that seemingly telling the “truth” via quoting the regimes outlets. It is almost childish and grotesque in its stupidity, but intended audience is just like that: stupid and ignorant.

    Now all this doesn’t come as a surprise. What is surprise is this blog and its commentators are fully corresponds with fascists regime in the US. Well, do not trust Anglo-Saxons even when they pretend they are “anti” when they are in fact bloodthirsty “exceptional” imperialists.

    • Thanks for your comment, Tears. I, too, am skeptical of Reuters, Human Rights Watch and the Washington Post as regards their foreign affairs and political reporting. This is why I have referenced the original article and its sources in their entirety.

      That being said in most cases, I find their business reporting to be fairly accurate. I have a number of Chinese friends who visit China and Hong Kong pretty frequently. I checked with them and they find it quite plausible that China is subcontracting with North Korean companies for labor.

      And just to clarify, my ethnic background isn’t Anglo-Saxon.

  4. There are all kinds of ways of getting around economic sanctions.

  5. It’s been my experience, Rosaliene, that sanctions only hurt ordinary working people. The oligarchs on either side always finds a way to increase their profits.

    • futuret says:

      DR. BRAMHALL YOU ARE SO VIVIDLY CORRECT. IT WILL NOT HURT THEM AT ALL, IT WILL ONLY CREATE MORE TYRANNY AND ENSLAVEMENT OF THE WORKING POOR OF THIS WORLD, AND OTHERS WHO ARE STRUGGLING. ALL THESE SANCTIONS ARE NOTHING BUT A JOKE, LIE, AND PRETENSE.

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