Nike faces social media storm in China over Xinjiang statement

BEIJING – Anger with Nike Inc erupted on Chinese social media late on Wednesday right after China’s netizens spotted a assertion from the sporting items giant expressing it was “concerned” about stories of forced labour in Xinjiang and that it does not use cotton from the area.

Subject areas around the Nike assertion ended up among the the optimum trending on China’s Twitter-like social media Weibo on Thursday, and the social media backlash had a broader fallout.

Well-known Chinese actor Wang Yibo terminated his contract as a consultant for Nike in response to social media criticism more than the firm’s Xinjiang assertion, his company explained on Weibo on Thursday.

It was unclear when Nike had put out the assertion, which did not have a day on it. Nike did not immediately react to a ask for for remark.

“We are concerned about stories of forced labor in, and linked to,

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