Jamie Gruffydd-Jones

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A street cleaner stands in front of an H&M clothing store last month in Beijing. (Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Last week, the European Union joined the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States in imposing coordinated sanctions on Chinese officials linked to human rights abuses in Xinjiang. The move came soon after a fractious U.S.-China confrontation in Alaska over human rights, and growing calls for Beijing’s crackdown in its northwestern region to be labeled as “genocide”.

Strikingly, Chinese state-owned media have reveled in the hostility of Alaska, the accusations of genocide and the multicountry sanctions. In the aftermath of those sanctions, the Communist Youth League regurgitated a year-old statement from European clothing giant H&M saying that it would “not source products” from Xinjiang over worries about forced labor.…  Seguir leyendo »