Chinese authorities ask H&M to change ‘problematic map’

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Chinese authorities ask H&M to change 'problematic map'


FILE PHOTO: People walk past a store of Swedish fashion retailer H&M at a shopping complex in Beijing, China March 25, 2021. REUTERS / Florence Lo

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Chinese authorities have asked H&M to change a map on its website during the latest clash between the clothing giant and local authorities, media reported on Friday.

The Sweden-based company has faced a backlash in China in recent days after expressing concerns last year over alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang province.

ABC News reported that the Shanghai city government asked H&M to correct a “problematic map of China.”

H&M did not immediately respond to phone calls or an email request for comment.

Citing a Shanghai government statement, ABC said netizens reported the problem to the management of the H&M website and the Shanghai Municipal Planning and Natural Resources Bureau ordered its change.

The Wall Street Journal quoted the Shanghai branch of China’s Cyberspace Administration as saying that the operator of the H&M website had taken steps to resolve the issue.

Last week, H&M said it would work to regain confidence in China after a statement it made in 2020 on cotton sourcing there resurfaced on social media.

In the statement, the world’s second-largest fashion retailer expressed concern over allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang province and said it would no longer source cotton from there.

Reporting by Simon Johnson; edited by Barbara Lewis

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