Zara

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)

China Bullies Spanish Retailer Zara Because Hong Kong Stores Didn’t Open Fast Enough on Strike Day

Chinese “netizens” are staging another one of those boycotts and social media swarms that just happen to coincide with the political objectives of the Chinese Communist Party, this time targeting Spanish fashion retailer Zara because it allegedly supported the Hong Kong protest movement by keeping its stores closed on Monday when the protesters called for a strike.

A woman walks past an outlet of the fashion chain Zara in Hong Kong, 29 November 2004. Retail sales in Hong Kong, a barometer of the health of the economy, grew 8.7 percent by value in September, boosted by car sales and tourist spending, the government said in early November. …