fredag 26. mars 2021

Xinjiang cotton: Chinese brands championed as backlash against West grows

Chinese state media and netizens are championing local brands while targeting more Western retailers as the Xinjiang cotton backlash grows. Western brands have come under fire for expressing concern about the alleged use of Uighur forced labour in cotton production in the north-west region. A campaign that started against H&M and Nike has widened to include Burberry, Adidas and Converse, among others.

It began shortly after several Western countries imposed sanctions on China. China is accused of committing serious human rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minority in Xinjiang. Beijing denies this, and has hit back with retaliatory sanctions on European lawmakers, scholars and institutions - with the latest imposed on UK entities and individuals on Friday. In December the BBC published an investigation based on new research showing China was forcing hundreds of thousands of minorities including Uighurs into manual labour in Xinjiang's cotton fields.