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  • Chinese citizens are boycotting Xinjiang cotton

  • But not for the reasons you think

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris Chappell.

  • Over the last couple of years, the world has finally started speaking out against the Chinese

  • Communist Party's treatment of the Uyghurs.

  • Including the concentration camps, the forced labor, and oh yeah, the genocide

  • Two weeks ago, both the US and the EU imposed sanctions on China over the treatment of Uyghur

  • Muslims

  • And now that Uyghur forced labor in Xinjiang is in the spotlight, international companies

  • are also responding.

  • Especially the world's apparel brands

  • That's becauseThe region [of Xinjiang] accounts for 85% of China's and 20% of the

  • world's cotton...and it is 'very likely' that any cotton from Xinjiang may involve

  • coerced labour.”

  • Fashion companies don't want to be caught selling slave-labor cotton.

  • That look is so 1860s.

  • That's why organizations like the Better Cotton Initiative started pulling out of Xinjiang

  • last year.

  • And companies like Under Armour implemented controls to guard against cotton from Xinjiang

  • being used in their products

  • Last September, H&M announced it was cutting ties with their Chinese supplier because of

  • accusations of forced labor in Xinjiang

  • And in January, one of the Trump administration's last China-related policies was a total ban

  • on cotton produced in Xinjiang

  • As a result, “a multibillion-dollar supply chain splintered almost overnight over a human

  • rights issue.”

  • Which is a good thing.

  • Unless you're the Chinese Communist Party.

  • Because the whole genociding the Uyghurs thing is starting to become a problem for the Party.

  • I mean, they're not going to stop the genocide.

  • But what they really want is to be able to commit genocide quietly, while the rest of

  • the world ignores what's happening

  • That worked for them so well before with Falun Gong!

  • But now with the Uyghurs, foreign governments and companies are starting to acknowledge

  • what's happening and even worse, take action against it.

  • The Chinese regime can't let itself become a pariah state, like Iran or North Korea

  • So if you're an authoritarian regime looking to punish foreign companies for making you

  • look bad, what do you do?

  • I'll tell you after the break.

  • Welcome back.

  • So the Chinese Communist Party had an image problem.

  • But they found the solution: nationalism

  • Yes, Chinese state-run media has managed to turn this Xinjiang cotton ban to their advantage,

  • by using Chinese nationalism.

  • They did this by portraying the rejection of Xinjiang cotton as an insult to the Chinese

  • people.

  • It started with this Weibo post from the official account of the Communist Youth League.

  • It saysTrying to make money in China while spreading rumors and boycotting Xinjiang cotton,

  • wishful thinking!” 

  • Separately, the Communist Youth League posted a picture of black slaves working on a US

  • cotton plantation

  • This would become the two prongs of the Chinese propaganda attack: foreign brands are lying

  • and hurting the feelings of the Chinese people, and America is the country with slaves

  • And this message spread through both the propaganda apparatus and directly through the Chinese

  • government.

  • Here's state-run Xinhua News Agency, publishing a cartoon about the Better Cotton Initiative

  • being a puppet of the US.

  • And Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying even brought a picture of black slaves picking

  • cotton to show at her daily press conference.

  • Within hours of the first Communist Youth League post, it became a full nationalistic

  • blowout online.

  • Because it wouldn't be a mass campaign if the masses didn't get involved

  • Chinese fashion designers talked about how much they loved Xinjiang cotton.

  • More than 30 Chinese stars rushed to cut ties with brands that had stopped using Xinjiang

  • cotton

  • The celebrities shared this post that reads “I support Xinjiang Cotton.”

  • Mian Hua is Cotton in Chinese.

  • Notice how the M and H are the M and H in H&M.

  • I guess saying you support Xinjiang cotton sounds a lot better than saying you support

  • Xinjiang genocide

  • Anyway, Television shows that were set to air had to be changed at the last minute,

  • with several episodes showing actors with blurred out shoes

  • This screenshot is from the trailer of a TV episode set to release last week

  • And this is a screenshot from when the episode aired.

  • Yup.

  • No Prada here!

  • Yeah, they actually pulled a Stalin on fashion brandsairbrushing out the undesirables.

  • These brands practically stopped existing in China

  • You can't even find an H&M store, because they no longer appear on China's map apps.

  • H&M has even been removed from Apple Maps in China.

  • So H&M is just gone.

  • Cancelled.

  • Memory-holed.

  • Like it never even existed

  • And it didn't end there.

  • Rappers even released diss tracks against these fashion brands.

  • Nike Fxxk  Adidas Shit

  • China So Dope

  • Pure poetry

  • But the point is, hating Nike is hip!

  • I say Nike, you say Stupid, Nike, Stupid, Nike, Stupid!)

  • Remember, if you don't hate foreign brands with all your guts, then you're not really

  • Chinese!

  • Videos of people burning their Nike shoes became a trend...

  • because their love burns for China.

  • Ripping up shirts has also gone viral.

  • You're Tshirt so sexy a”

  • Hold on, aren't these products they're ripping up and burning Made in China?

  • But there are also concerns that all of this performative patriotism could go too far

  • Here's a video of customers storming and trashing Nike store inventory.

  • And this video shows a woman taking her voice to the streets with a sign that reads “I

  • support Xinjiang cotton, Boycott H&M”.

  • And the security officers had a hard time diffusing the public disturbance.

  • In the end they just grabbed her and took her away.

  • Everyone should join me and support Xinjiang cotton!”

  • Ok, ok, Support support!”

  • People have also been harassing people who work for these stores.

  • Like this person who told an H&M worker to quit their job because they're selling out

  • China

  • And people also harassed store staff on live

  • streams.

  • Flooding the live chat with comments like  “Cut The Stream”, “Quit”, “Get Out

  • of China”. 

  • The good news is it hasn't gotten as bad as the anti-Japan protests back in 2012, that

  • caused 100 million dollars in damage.

  • But I wouldn't want you to think that all Chinese people are joining in the anger.

  • Some actually said things like, “don't just support Xinjiang cotton, support Xinjiang

  • people.”

  • Those people had their accounts banned.

  • Which is yet another reminder of how the Chinese Communist Party is always watching.

  • According to tests conducted by China Digital Times, internet platforms have been diligently

  • controlling search results and comments related to Xinjiang and H&M since last week.”

  • As I mentioned earlier, brands like H&M announced they were not using Xinjiang cotton last fall.

  • So why is the Chinese regime encouraging this outraged behavior now

  • Well, it probably has something to do with how the US, Canada, the EU, and UK are sanctioning

  • Chinese officials over Xinjiang.

  • In addition to directly retaliating against these countries, the Chinese Communist Party

  • is trying to punish foreign companies economically.

  • Because that's always worked before

  • And don't forget, while there might be genuine patriotic rage going on, it's being orchestrated

  • by the Party

  • After the Communist Youth League ignited the outrage on Wednesday, other government-backed

  • groups and state news outlets fanned the flames.”

  • They're literally triggering people in order to foment this kind of anger.

  • And they're really good at it

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from a member of the China Uncensored 50 Cent

  • Army, fans who support the show on Patreon.

  • Hungry Hunter asks, “Question: What is holding back the USA and others to also build bases

  • on these islands?

  • If I were the Philippines, I would ask other nations for a 10 year plan to build tons of

  • bases there just to piss China off.

  • What they gonna do?

  • Complain in the UN that will have to punish them too?

  • Wow, Hungry Hunter, you might have just come up with an amazing solution to the South China

  • Sea dispute.

  • Or possibly the beginning of World War 3. 

  • If you don't know, China claims the entire South China Sea as Chinese territory, with

  • their Nine Dash Line.

  • And to bolster that claim, they've been building artificial islands and establishing

  • settlements on them, including these 7 reefs in the Spratlys.

  • Some of those islands now have missile launchers on them.

  • And even though the UN has told China to stop, they just ignore that

  • So what if all the other countries in the region just got together and agreed to do

  • the same?

  • Or in the case of the Philippines, lease it out to the US to build missiles on?

  • Beat the Chinese Communist Party at its own game

  • Thanks for your question Hungry Hunter.

  • And if you'd like me to answer your question on the show, join the China Uncensored 50

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  • Visit pateron.com/ChinaUncensored to learn more.

  • Once again I'm Chris Chappell, see you next time.

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