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Uproar over forced labor statement forces H&M to close China stores


Uproar among Chinese nationals and authorities following its statement on forced labor in Xinjiang has forced Swedish fashion retailer H&M to close 20 stores in China. As per reports, several companies including H&M and Nike are being targeted by China over their statement on forced labor in Xinjiang. They are being subjected to pressure amid China's rising tension with the west.

The ruling Communist Party lashed out at H&M, Nike and other shoe and clothing brands last week after the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada imposed travel and financial sanctions on officials accused of abuses in Xinjiang in China's northwest. H&M was forced to shut down 20 of its 500 outlets in the country,

The world’s second largest retailer was also pulled from major e-commerce stores in China and blocked by several major navigation, review and rating apps. Chinese celebrities also terminated their contracts with these brands, including Nike, Adidas, Puma, Converse, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Uniqlo.