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Chinese authorities tell H&M to change the “problem map”



File photo: People walk past the store of Swedish fashion retailer H&M in a shopping mall in Beijing, China, on March 25, 2021.

STOCKHOLM (Reuters)-The media reported on Friday that the Chinese authorities have asked H&M to change the map on its website to understand the latest conflict between the clothing giant and the government.

The Swedish-based company has faced strong opposition in China in recent days after expressing concerns about China̵

7;s alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang.

ABC News reported that the Shanghai Municipal Government has asked H&M to correct the “China Problem Map.”

H&M did not immediately respond to the call or email a request for comment.

ABC quoted a statement from the Shanghai Municipal Government that Internet users reported the problem to the administrators of the H&M website, and the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Planning and Natural Resources ordered a change to it.

The Wall Street Journal quoted the Shanghai branch of the China Cyberspace Administration as saying that H&M’s website operators have taken action to solve this problem.

Last week, H&M stated that it would work hard to win trust in China, after the company’s statement on purchasing cotton in China in 2020 once again surfaced on social media.

In the statement, the world’s second-largest fashion retailer expressed concern about the allegations of forced labor in Xinjiang and said it would no longer purchase cotton from there.

Reporting by Simon Johnson; Editing by Barbara Lewis


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