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As ties to China turn toxic, even Chinese companies are breaking them

By Ana Swanson

15 Jun 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Chinese companies like fast-fashion app Shein, TikTok, and Temu are distancing themselves from their home country by setting up headquarters and operations outside of China.

WASHINGTON — As it expanded internationally, Shein, the rapidly growing fast fashion app, progressively cut ties to its home country, China. It moved its headquarters to Singapore and deregistered its original company in Nanjing. It set up operations in Ireland and Indiana, and hired Washington lobbyists to highlight its U.S. expansion plans as it prepares for a potential initial public offering this year.

Yet the clothing retailer can’t shake the focus on its ties with China. Along with other brands including the viral social app TikTok and shopping app Temu, Shein has become a target of U.S. lawmakers in both parties. Politicians are accusing the company of making its clothes with fabric made with forced labor and calling it a tool of the Chinese Communist Party — claims that Shein denies.

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