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H&M has been scrubbed from the Chinese internet: The multinational clothing retailer no longer shows up in searches and you won't find its 400 stores  ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ 
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H&M has been scrubbed from the Chinese internet: The multinational clothing retailer no longer shows up in searches and you won’t find its 400 stores on any Chinese maps or ride-hailing apps.

H&M’s dramatic erasure follows the company’s decision to voice concerns that China is forcing Muslim Uighurs into forced labor in Xinjiang, the cotton hub of China. The Swedish fast-fashion giant announced in September that it was cutting ties with the region, enraging the Chinese government and consumers, who deny that anything bad is happening there.

Now H&M is in the penalty box, and experts believe other companies may be facing a similar fate. In this story, I delve into China’s long history of state-sanctioned forced labor and the storm that’s brewing for Western brands that want to do business with China.

Liz Segran
 
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