NBA stars pressured to end China sportswear endorsements over Xinjiang

A bipartisan US congressional body ratcheted up pressure on NBA players on Tuesday to end any endorsement deals they have with Li Ning and other Chinese brands, over allegations of forced labour in the country’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.Senator Jeff Merkley of Oregon and Representative James McGovern of Massachusetts, chairmen of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) warned that the number of players with such deals numbered more than a dozen, creating “reputational…