Backlash on Nike, H&M in China over comments on Xinjiang cotton


People walk by a H&M store on Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street on March 24, 2021 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images)

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GUANGZHOU, China — Swedish clothing retailer H&M disappeared from major Chinese shopping sites and mapping apps after resurfaced comments, reportedly from last year, about its concerns over alleged forced labor in China’s western region of Xinjiang.

A CNBC search for “H&M” and “hm” in English on Taobao, the e-commerce site run by Alibaba, and yielded no results. Meanwhile, Alibaba-owned mapping app Amap as well as Baidu Maps did not display any results for the search term “H&M.” declined to…


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