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Chinese maker of US Olympic uniforms hits back

Last Updated: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 20:30

Beijing: Li Guilian, whose USD 300 million Dayang Trands firm manufactured the US Olympic team’s Ralph Lauren blazers and slacks, has questioned if America can really make the suits it makes.

"I have a simple question," New York Daily News quoted Li as asking, adding: "Can America really make the suits we make? We have cheaper costs here, so you can have cheaper prices in America."

Li said that American officials should “pay attention to the performances of the US athletes and not their clothes.”

"Don`t you think we deserve credit?" she asked. "We`ve made so many customers happy over the years."

Li’s firm makes five million suits a year for companies ranging from Banana Republic to DKNY. She has also profited politically from her enterprise and is now a member of an elite group of 3,000 within the National People’s Congress. The entrepreneur’s comments touch on a contentious issue within American economic policy over how much manufacturing should be sent abroad. Currently, just about half of all American clothing is made in China.


First Published: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 20:30
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