Pubblicato in: Cina, Devoluzione socialismo

Cina. Inizia il boicottaggio delle imprese occidentali. Versace, Zara & Co.

Giuseppe Sandro Mela.

2019-09-09.

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Nel dover constatare quanto stia accadendo, si resta sempre più sbalorditi di quanto la classe dirigente occidentale sembri ignorare le caratteristiche fondamentali del popolo cinese, che differiscono grandemente da quelle europee ed americane. Sarebbe davvero utile che almeno la dirigenza si studiasse un poco di storia cinese, ma proprio un solo pochino.

Eppure in passato c’erano state ben chiare avvisaglie.

La Cina boicotta Dolce & Gabbana: “hanno offeso la madrepatria”

«In meno di 24 ore i siti di e-commerce cinesi hanno fatto sparire tutti i prodotti di Dolce & Gabbana. In alcuni casi i prodotti sono stati fatti sparire, come se mai fossero esistiti, già dalla serata di ieri. Un danno economico non indifferente, soprattutto alla vigilia del Black Friday. Conti alla mano è a rischio un terzo del fatturato globale dell’azienda.

Se si digita il nome Dolce & Gabbana su siti come Yangmatou, Kaola, Xiaohongshu, Secco, Alibaba Tmall’s, JD.com, VIPshop e Netease, non esce alcun risultato, come se mai questi portali avessero venduto prodotti del guru della moda italiana nel mondo. Da Yangmatou hanno fatto sapere che 58.000 prodotti sono stati eliminati dalla sua piattaforma, perché “la madrepatria è più importante di qualsiasi cosa”.

Il motivo del contendere sono alcuni spot che l’azienda di moda ha realizzato per lanciare il Great Show, la sfilata evento che si sarebbe dovuta tenere all’Expo Centre di Shanghai. Sfilata che poi, viste le polemiche relativi a tali spot, è stata annullata.»

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Sanzioni. Attenti, che la Cina le fa per davvero.

«The hashtag “boycotting Balenciaga’s discrimination toward Chinese” attracted more than 19.3 million page views on China’s official Sina Weibo microblog as of press time.»

«Tutti i giri turistici hanno eliminato per i cinesi le visite ai Printemps ed ai negozi che vendono il marchio Balenciaga.

In Cina i negozi che trattavano quel Brand non ne vendono più nemmeno un paio di scarpe a regalarlo e li stanno rendendo alla Maison.»

Cina. Record mondiale con 135 mln di turisti che hanno speso 261.1 mld Usd.

Attenzione! I cinesi non sono come gli occidentali e, si badi bene, non si è mosso il Governo. Quelli hanno il testosterone nelle vene.

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«As the protests intensify in Hong Kong, international luxury brands are getting caught in the crossfire»

«Global brands such as Versace, Coach, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, ASICS, and Swarovski have all become tied up in controversy on the mainland this week for listing Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan as a separate countries or regions – not part of China – on their official websites or brand T-shirts.»

«China’s state media propaganda machine is running at full speed to counter the anti-Beijing voices, and many Chinese social media users are now involved in an online hunt for international companies seemingly not abiding by the “one country, two system” principle, which states that while Hong Kong enjoys “a high degree of autonomy” it is part of China.»

«On 8 August, an image of a T-shirt by Italian fashion house Versace started making the rounds on social media. One Chinese web user wrote: “I discovered this recently, and wondered if the design of this T-shirt means that Versace is supporting Hong Kong independence?”»

«By 11 August, the T-shirt was being called out by hundreds on Chinese social media for seeming to list Hong Kong and Macau as independent countries.»

«The hashtag “Versace Suspected of [Supporting] Hong Kong and Macau Independence” soon received more than three million views on Weibo, one of China’s most popular social media platforms.»

«Many commenters condemned the brand while others accused it of being “two faced” and for profiting from Chinese money while disregarding Chinese sovereignty.»

«The Versace brand issued a statement on its official Weibo account (link in Chinese) on 11 August, saying the T-shirts – which also contained several spelling errors – had already been recalled and destroyed in late July. It “deeply apologised for the controversy” that it said was caused by a design “error”.»

«Versace said it “loves China” and “resolutely respects China’s territorial sovereignty”.»

«Donatella Versace, designer and chief creative officer of Versace, also issued a personal apology on Instagram: “Never have I wanted to disrespect China’s National Sovereignty and this is why I wanted to personally apologize for such inaccuracy and for any distress that it may have caused.”»

«Over the past week, the Versace controversy has snowballed into a marketing crisis for multiple international luxury brands, terrified of losing access to the massive and lucrative Chinese market.»

«Less than 24 hours after Versace’s apology, Coach, Givenchy, ASICS, Samsung, Calvin Klein, Swarovski and Fresh were also exposed online for their erroneous geographic listings.»

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Hong Kong. La polizia militare la ha circondata.

Hong Kong. Arrestati Mr Joshua Wong ed altri due attivisti.

Gli stati occidentali stanno alimentando le sommosse in corso ad Hong Kong per loro motivi politici ed ideologici, ed il tutto accade proprio nel bel mezzo di una feroce guerra valutaria e fiscale tra Usa e Cina. Ma questi governi occidentali sembrerebbero non rappresentare più volontà ed esigenze dei popoli che guidano.

«Over the past week, the Versace controversy has snowballed into a marketing crisis for multiple international luxury brands, terrified of losing access to the massive and lucrative Chinese market.»

«Less than 24 hours after Versace’s apology, Coach, Givenchy, ASICS, Samsung, Calvin Klein, Swarovski and Fresh were also exposed online for their erroneous geographic listings.»

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Le risposte cinesi sono state, nel loro stile, sommesse, quasi sussurrate, e pacate, facendo precedere i fatti alle dichiarazioni. Ma molte contromosse cinesi sono arrivate del tutto inaspettate.

La Cina svaluta ancora lo yuan. Ora il rapporto Usd/Cny vale 7.1502.

Cina – Usa. La guerra commerciale e dei dazi si internazionalizza.

Con l’ultima faccenda di Zara dovrebbe essere chiaro che le aziende occidentali possono sicuramente essere presenti in Cina, ma altrettanto sicuramente i cinesi non intendono comprare merci prodotte da gente che non ne rispetta la sovranità nazionale sinica.

E gli occidentali hanno ben poco da recriminare sui media e sui social cinesi.

Basti solo pensare a cosa sta accadendo in casa loro.

Facebook. Per pubblicare sono richiesti i documenti anagrafici.

In sintesi. Questa risposta cinese è ancor più tagliente perché l’occidente è disarmato contro questa evenienza: mica può costringere i cinesi a comprare merci di quanti li denigrino.


Hong Kong protests: How Zara became the new target of Chinese anger

Spanish retailer Zara has found itself embroiled in controversy in China after some of its stores were closed on a day Hong Kong was expected to see widespread strike action.

Thousands of Chinese social media are calling for a boycott, accusing the retailer of supporting employees wanting to join the strike.

The chain has said it was just ensuring its shops weren’t understaffed if transport was disrupted.

But that has done little to stem anger.

Hong Kong has seen months of protest, with much of the anger directed at what protesters say is a growing influence of mainland China in Hong Kong.

Many companies have found themselves facing an angry reaction from mainland China over anything perceived as supporting the protests or challenging Chinese sovereignty.

So how did the closure of some stores lead to Zara being the latest target?

‘If you’re not sincere, don’t say anything’

The uproar started after four Zara stores in Hong Kong closed temporarily on Monday.

That was a day when about 10,000 pupils from 200 secondary schools – according to organisers – boycotted the first day of the new term, to support the protests.

Hong Kong had on the same day braced itself for a two-day strike, though this eventually didn’t gain much traction.

Hong Kong-based newspaper Ming Pao ran an article showing a picture of a sign it said was posted at one Zara store saying it was closed, and speculating on whether this was in support of the strike and boycott.

It wasn’t long before this were picked up on Weibo, where it was assumed Zara was pro-protest, and many called for a boycott.

Zara – which is owned by parent company Inditex – quickly posted a brief statement on its official Weibo page clarifying that it had “never been involved in any strike”.

It said it supported the “One country, two systems” model, under which Hong Kong is part of China. However this has done little to quell online anger.

But the hashtag #ZaraStatement went viral on Weibo – racking up more than 330 million views – with many calling the statement insincere.

“This is really perfunctory. If you really want to sincerely talk about it, say it in a [proper] way. If you’re not sincere, don’t say anything,” said one typical comment on Weibo.

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It is not unusual for Western brands to find themselves in the middle of a consumer backlash in China – though they usually dig their way out by issuing long apologetic statements.

The pro-China internet commenters felt what was missing from Zara’s statement was an overt apology.

“Show some sincerity Zara. I hope you will apologise and give a [proper] answer. If not, get out,” one Weibo user said.

“You have the freedom to make whatever statement you want Zara. I also have the right not to buy your brand,” another commenter said.

State media outlet the Global Times on Tuesday further inflamed tensions with an opinion piece which called for Zara to give “a solemn explanation”.

It said Zara was setting a “very negative example”.

Zara later clarified that it had “delayed” opening some stores on Monday because workers had trouble getting to work due to transport problems linked to the protests.

Activists had on Monday disrupted train services at different stations, causing major rush hour traffic delays.

“Let us clarify that all our 14 stores in Hong Kong SAR opened and every customer was welcome that day,” said Inditex in a statement to the BBC.

“Due to transportation difficulties, we delayed the opening of four of our stores for several hours until our employees have been able to arrive to their jobs.”

The Global Times however, said in a separate article that its reporters had found that train services “were not significantly delayed”, implying that Zara had not been completely honest.

The Spanish retailer said it “deeply regretted any misunderstanding” the move had caused.

This is not the first time Zara has come under fire in Hong Kong.

Last year, it was criticised on Chinese social media for listing Taiwan – which China sees as part of its territory – as a separate country.

Hong Kong is now entering its 14th successive week of demonstrations.

The protests were sparked by changes to a law that would allow extradition to mainland China, but have since widened to include calls for an independent inquiry into police brutality and universal suffrage.

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