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China wants foreign brands to stop 'politicizing commercial issues'

Commerce ministry claims some rely on 'false information' for decision-making

Many Chinese internet users have been advocating boycotts of foreign brands. H&M products can no longer be searched on China's major online shopping platforms.   © Reuters

China's commerce ministry said the decisions by some multinationals to avoid sourcing cotton from China's Far West Xinjiang autonomous region were based on "false information," and the companies should reverse their "erroneous practices" instead of "politicizing commercial issues."

Gao Feng, a spokesman for the Chinese commerce ministry, told a news conference on Thursday that "Chinese consumers have already responded with practical actions to the so-called business decisions made by individual enterprises based on false information."

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