Xinjiang cotton ban is self-defeating, China tells H&M

Xinjiang cotton ban is self-defeating, China tells H&M
H&M is facing a backlash in China over its refusal to use Xinjiang cotton. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: The government of China has warned giant clothing brand H&M that it will not earn a penny in the country if it refuses to buy cotton from the Xinjiang region.

H&M and other western clothing brands are facing a huge backlash in China after they expressed concern about the alleged use of forced labour in cotton production in Xinjiang.

Beijing has been accused of forcing Muslim Uyghur minority members to pick cotton in Xinjiang.

China denies the accusations and, in recent days, critical brands have faced boycotts.

At a news conference on Monday, a Xinjiang government spokesman said: “I don’t think a company should politicise its economic behaviour.”

“Can H&M continue to make money in the Chinese market? Not anymore,” spokesman Xu Guixiang said.

Mr Xu said the decision by some brands to stop buying cotton from Xinjiang was “not reasonable”, comparing it to “lifting a stone to drop it on one’s own feet”.

H&M has not yet responded in the issue.

The spokesman’s remarks cast doubt on the M&M’s future in one of the world’s largest markets.

They also indicate Chinese government support for the recent Chinese consumer boycott of products from the Swedish company and other global retailers.

China’s boycott initially targeted H&M and Nike, with reports of H&M’s products withdrawn from major e-commerce platforms and some of its stores being shuttered across the country.

But the boycott has widened to include Adidas, Burberry and Converse, among others.

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