U.S. accuses China of 'state-led' social media campaign against companies over Xinjiang

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Friday condemned what it called a “state-led” social media campaign in China against U.S. and other international companies for deciding not to use cotton from China’s Xinjiang region over forced labor concerns.
State Department spokeswoman Jalina Porter said the social media campaign and consumer boycotts had targeted American, European and Japanese businesses.
“We commend and stand with companies that adhere to U.S. laws and ensure that products we are consuming are not made with forced labor,” she told a regular news briefing.
“We support and encourage businesses to respect human rights in line with the U.N. guiding principles on business and human rights and the OECD guidelines for multinational enterprises,” she added.
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