WASHINGTON—The Biden administration condemned Chinese boycotts against international businesses due to their avoidance of cotton produced in China’s Xinjiang region over forced labor concerns.
“The United States condemns the PRC’s state-led social-media campaign and corporate and consumer boycott against companies, including American, European and Japanese businesses” for their decisions to avoid cotton from China’s Xinjiang region, State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said Friday, using an acronym for the People’s Republic of China.
The statement came after Hennes & Mauritz AB’s H&M was wiped off China’s leading e-commerce, ride-hailing, daily-deals and map applications amid Chinese consumer anger over the Swedish clothing brand’s decision to stop sourcing from Xinjiang.
“We commend and stand with companies that adhere to the U.S. law and ensure products we are consuming are not made with forced labor,” Ms. Porter said.
The Chinese embassy didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.