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H&M says it is 'dedicated to regaining trust' in China after boycott

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So very disappointing. They should be planning to leave China.

"China is a very important market to us and our long-term commitment to the country remains strong," H&M said, noting it has been presented in the country for more than 30 years.

H&M doesn't "get it." They need to do better.

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We want to keep making loads of money in China no matter what!

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H&M doesn't "get it." They need to do better.

Then the public needs to teach H&M by not buying their products!

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Could it be about MONEY???

Duh.

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Sweden doesn’t grow cotton.

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What, China thinks they have the moral high ground? Just because they have money, China thinks they can push people around.

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What,, USA thinks they have the moral high ground? Just because they have money, USA thinks they can push people around.

google translate

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Yes master, no master, can you bend a little lower master so I can better kiss your behind

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“We are dedicated to regaining the trust and confidence of our customers, colleagues, and business partners...”

Oozing with sincerity......NOT! This was their big chance to put themselves on the side of the angels; and they’ve flubbed it. In effect, they’re telling us that the sins of slavery are exaggerated; it’s also strikingly reminiscent of the apologies J companies routinely make whenever they screw up.

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Had to Google H and M, never heard of them. Guess I've been in Miyazaki too long (and that's a good thing).

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I will never shop at H&M ever again for their pathetic bowing to viral anti-Chinese propaganda.

Oh, wait..... I don't think I've ever shopped there..

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kyushubillToday  04:02 pm JST

Had to Google H and M, never heard of them. Guess I've been in Miyazaki too long (and that's a good thing).

Sounds like you haven't been in Miyazaki long enough....

https://goo.gl/maps/9GdTcFsnDSSojKn4A

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I think a lot of the critical comments about H &M are kind of losing sight of the fact that:

A) the reason it is having trouble is that it has taken a stand against the Chinese government’s oppression,

B) it hasn’t backed down from doing so, they are still refusing to use use stuff from Xinjiang.

If they cave in to Chinese pressure then I am all in favor of slamming them, but that isn’t actually the case.

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H & M = Hungry & Masquerading

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... they are still refusing to use use stuff from Xinjiang.

For the sake of business, the West has long turned a blind, conniving eye to Chinese aggression and duplicity. If it is at all sincere about wanting to ameliorate what is clearly an alarming situation in Xinjiang, China must be made aware that its assurances will no longer be taken at face value. If it wants to trade with us, if it really is sincere about allaying our concerns, it needs to open itself to international inspection and verification. The analogy comes to mind of a U.S that continued to condone Southern slavery in 2021 and Western firms conniving in the fiction that none of the cotton sourced from the U.S was from the Slave South, but only from non slave states.

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For the sake of business, the West has long turned a blind, conniving eye to Chinese aggression and duplicity.

Trump has changed that.

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Sweden doesn’t grow cotton

India, Brazil, Pakistan and the US grow lots of cotton. In fact India and the US are number one and two respectively for cotton production.

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So very disappointing. They should be planning to leave China.

Yes. All western firms should plan on leaving soon. I mean that in all sincerity.

Then the public needs to teach H&M by not buying their products!

Exactly. In fact informed and concerned consumers should boycott all Chinese made products immediately.

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The only "evidence" of any kind of forced labor, politically rather than market enforced, exists in the grubby little minds of far-right Anglo-American government funded think-tanks. As far as I know, everything they have presented as "evidence" has been debunked. This included a normal prison. Another satellite image of "concentration camp" was shown to be an elementary school. A third photo of a torture chamber in Xinjiang, smuggled out by elite American spies, was actually a BDSM club in Taipei..... Now we know how "elite" American spies like to spend tax-payers money. No wonder the US government can't afford to provide health care to a very large % of the population.

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For the sake of business, the West has long turned a blind, conniving eye to Chinese aggression

It is not that simple. There was a school of thought that "engagement" with the west would gradually change China and eventually democratize it. If you look at the history of the South Korean military dictatorship they butchered their own as brutally as the Chinese did at Tiananmen Square, maybe even worse. Read about the murder of students at Chonnam University by ROK paratroopers followed days later by over 2000 South Koreans, store owners and taxi drivers mostly, who were butchered in the Gwangju Uprising. Then look at the example of martial law in Taiwan, the Kaohsiung Incident and subsequent democracy movement. Before those nations democratized one could have made the same argument that the west had no businesses supporting those two nations with their business.

Trade with the west built up prosperous middle classes in both countries but especially so in Taiwan that began to demand greater freedom and elected government. In time both have become model democracies. That same dynamic it was thought would work in China and by the latter years of the Hu Jintao administration there were signs this was indeed the case. There were small scale experiments with contested local elections for local public offices and there was a serious discussion of allowing private land ownership. The idea that engagement by the west would gradually change China looked very possible back then. I remember it well. Xi Jinping changed it all. Now the west has to respond. The upshot is that China very much has a prosperous middle class that yearns for more freedom and Xi's increasing repression could very will tip the nation towards their own Gwangju Uprising / Kaohsiung Incident that leads eventually to a change of government there. Xi is hated within China and many in the CCP live in fear for their lives. Just like the old USSR, dictatorships like this look invincible right up until something happens to expose their fundamental weakness after which they fall apart rapidly.

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Just like the old USSR, dictatorships like this look invincible right up until something happens to expose their fundamental weakness after which they fall apart rapidly.

Sorry to break it to you but the USSR stood apart from the global capitalist (not "democratic") economy. China is not only fully integrated but most important player in the global capitalist system and rapidly pulling further ahead of any rivals.

Sorry to see people still converse using banal cliches about "democracy" and even more absurd, "freedom". I mean seriously, freedom for who and to do what? One could make a very strong argument to say the ideological and policy differences within the CCP, both in the Politburo and rank n file Party functionaries is far greater than exists between Republicans and Democrats in the US or Liberal and Labour in the UK.

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over 2000 South Koreans, store owners and taxi drivers mostly, who were butchered in the Gwangju Uprising.

On the Kwangju Uprising, don’t take Wiki at face value. Deaths were far lower; somewhere between 200-300 rather than 2,000. On China, saying that engagement has been the name of the game, is simply a gentler way of putting it than what I said.

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