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H&M has been criticized in China for Xinjiang’s stance on forced labor

H&M has been criticized in China for Xinjiang's stance on forced labor

Hong Kong – The world’s largest clothing brand, Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M, is under attack in China, one of its largest markets, over its stance on forced labor in the country’s remote cotton-producing Xinjiang region.

Users of Chinese state media and social media slammed the Swedish fast fashion giant in an explosion of anger on Wednesday, accusing the company of spreading rumors and tarnishing China’s reputation over a statement it issued last year regarding forced labor in northwest China’s Xinjiang region.

H&M name searches were banned on China’s largest e-commerce platform on Wednesday, while netizens have turned to Twitter-style Weibo in China to call for a boycott of the company, which operates more than 400 stores in China. Two Chinese brand ambassadors for the fashion company also announced a severing of ties with H&M over its so-called defamation of China.

Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. And Pinduoduo Inc. And JD.com Inc. , Which runs e-commerce sites that block H&M, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Spreading rumors of Xinjiang Cotton County while trying to make money in China? Wise Thinking! ”The Chinese Communist Youth League wrote in a post on Weibo that was posted nearly 30,000 times and attracted nearly 10,000 comments.

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