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In Huawei crossfire, Canada Goose delays opening Beijing store

Canadian company apparently concerned about consumer protests

A sign reading "under preparation" is placed in front of a Canada Goose store in Beijing.    © Kyodo

BEIJING -- Canada Goose has postponed opening its first store in mainland China in the face of growing anti-Canadian sentiment after the arrest of a top Huawei Technologies executive.

The Canadian maker of popular down jackets and other high-end apparel noted the delay on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo, citing "construction." The store in Beijing's popular Sanlitun shopping district was supposed to open Saturday.

Canada Goose apparently feared that the store launch would be marred by protests. The arrest of Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver at the request of the U.S. has set off a backlash against the company, including a number of Weibo posts telling it to get out of China.

A notice on the entrance of the Beijing store read, "under preparation for opening."

"I was looking forward to the opening, so I'm disappointed," said another male company worker who came with his family.

Canada Goose's share price has declined since Meng's arrest as investors fear a Chinese boycott of the brand.

In China, diplomatic disputes have a pattern of sparking boycotts against the businesses of the other country. In 2012, the issue of Japan's Senkaku Islands, which China claims and calls the Diaoyu, spurred protests that targeted Japanese supermarkets and dealerships selling Japanese cars.

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