H&M slammed in China over Xinjiang stance on forced labor

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H&M slammed in China over Xinjiang stance on forced labor


HONG KONG – The world’s largest clothing brand, H&M of Hennes & Mauritz AB, is under attack in China, one of its largest markets, over its stance on forced labor in the remote cotton-growing region of Xinjiang.
Chinese state media and social media users excoriated the fast-moving Swedish fashion giant in an outburst of anger on Wednesday, accusing the company of spreading rumors and sullying China over a statement it made. had done last year on forced labor in the northwestern region of Xinjiang in China.
Searches for H&M’s name on China’s largest e-commerce platforms were blocked on Wednesday, while netizens took to Weibo in China, like Twitter, to call for a boycott of the company, which operates more than 400 stores in China. Two of the fashion company’s Chinese brand ambassadors have also announced that they are cutting ties with H&M over what has been called its bashing of China.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Pinduoduo Inc. and JD.com Inc., which operate the e-commerce sites blocking H&M, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
“Spreading rumors to boycott Xinjiang cotton while trying to make money in China?” Wishful thinking! The Chinese Communist Youth League wrote in a Weibo article that was transmitted nearly 30,000 times and elicited around 10,000 comments.

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