HM “boycotts” Xinjiang cotton with ulterior motive: expert

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CCTV+BATIEGHAR 巴铁之家:A Chinese expert on Thursday condemned HM for boycotting the use of Xinjiang cotton based on hearsay, unreliable and so-called evidence.

In a statement released in September 2020, HM said it is no longer using cotton from Xinjiang due to its concern over what it calls “forced labor” in Xinjiang.

Sang Baichuan, director of the Institute of International Economy under the University of International Business and Economics, said the Swedish clothing retailer, on the basis of hearsay, unreliable and so-called evidence, smeared China with an ulterior motive.

“In my opinion, HM itself, as a famous enterprise that has been deeply engaged in the Chinese market for many years, has a large number of business partners in Xinjiang, and even in China. It would be very easy for them to do credible due diligence. Then they must have an ulterior motive to smear China on the basis of such hearsay, unreliable and so-called evidence,” said Sang.

HM’s Chinese celebrity spokespeople Huang Xuan and Song Qian on Wednesday announced they severed their ties with the brand. And overnight, the retail multinational became unsearchable on China’s biggest online e-commerce platforms including Taobao, JD.com and Pinduoduo.

The retailer’s Chinese branch responded on Wednesday night, saying the company respects Chinese consumers and will remain committed to the market as it has done in the past.

Sang said some western countries fabricated the so-called “forced labor” issue with the purpose of restricting and suppressing Chinese enterprises.

“I think many western countries have their own so-called values. They are worried about the rapid rise of China’s economy and the competitive pressure brought about by the rapid development of Chinese enterprises and industries. For political purposes and considerations, they are willing to sacrifice economic interests and fundamentally choose some political issues and so-called standards of their own. They use these standards and political issues to maliciously smear China, which is likely to arouse the recognition of some ignorant people in the West. In this case, it may be more conducive to its commercial gain of huge interests, to achieve the purpose of containing and strangling Chinese enterprises,” said Sang.

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