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Sharp Power: China Punishes Sweden’s H&M for Objecting to Uyghur Slave Labor

China’s latest exercise of “sharp power” – using economic leverage to impose its political agenda on the free world – targets H&M, a Swedish fashion company. The clothing company was surprised to find itself threatened with boycotts and banned by major Chinese e-commerce platforms Wednesday over months-old social media posts expressing concern about China’s use of Uyghur Muslim slave labor in Xinjiang province.

People walk out from a store of Swedish clothing giant H&M in Beijing on March 25, 2021. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

Leaked Chinese Study Outlines Plan to Crush Uyghur Population

The BBC on Tuesday reported on a “high-level Chinese study,” meant for top Chinese Communist Party officials only but accidentally leaked online, that outlined a plan to crush the Uyghur people of Xinjiang province by dispersing their population across China’s vast land mass, making it difficult for them to raise families and pass along their traditions.

View of the Uyghur village of Tuyog, with a mosque and mountains on the background, Xinjiang region, China.

U.S. Customs: China Using Forced Labor in Inner Mongolia

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a notice on Tuesday that accused a Chinese company of using “convict, forced, or indentured labor” to manufacture products that could be exported to the United States. The company in questioned is directly owned by the Chinese government.

In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties …

Chinese Factory Manager: ‘There Are No Human Rights in Xinjiang’

Human-rights watchdog Bitter Winter published an interview Sunday with a garment factory manager in China’s Xinjiang province who said the thousand or so Uyghur Muslims who work for his operation are used as slave laborers, despite the regime’s assurances that work programs in the province are a benefit to local participants.

Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority wave flags of East Turkestan on December 20, 2019 during a demostration at Fatih in Istanbul. - More than 1,000 protesters marched on December 20, 2019, in Istanbul to protest against China over its treatment of mainly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, an AFP correspondent …

Thousands of South Koreans Hold Candlelight Protest Against Japan

Thousands filled the streets of Seoul on Saturday night, carrying candles and signs of protest against Japan’s tighter trade restrictions on South Korea. More marches and rallies are planned every weekend as Liberation Day, the holiday commemorating the end of Japanese occupation in 1945, approaches on August 15.

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 03: South Korean protesters participate in a rally to denounce Japan's new trade restrictions on South Korea in front of the Japanese embassy on August 03, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Japan approved a bill removing South Korea from its "whitelist" of trusted trade partners. …