Senator Ted Cruz (Republican, Texas) condemned Nike’s business dealings in China in a tweet on Friday. Mr. Cruz accused the company of encouraging the communist country to “Just Do It” over genocide and slavery in China. “Just Do It” or Just Do It is a phrase used as Nike’s marketing slogan globally.
.@Nike to the CCP:
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 25, 2021
Cruz’s tweet was the recent backlash received by Nike CEO John Donahoe after he said on a call with Wall Street analysts that “Nike is a Chinese brand and because China is .”
TNS Cruz wrote in his post: “Nike to the CCP [Chinese Communist Party]: “Genocide?” “Murder and torture?” “Slave?” “Concentration camp?” and “Deliberately covering up a global pandemic?” – before ending the tweet using the tag: “#JustDoIt”.
In a separate tweet on the same topic, TNS Cruz also asked: “Isn’t it surprising that Nike is actively promoting anti-American sentiment?”
During a call Thursday to analysts about Nike’s latest earnings report, CEO Donahoe was asked about competition with Chinese brands, to which he replied, “We’re confident. about what we’re seeing in China as we drive long-term growth, and we take a long-term view of China. We always take a long-term view.”
He added: “We have been in China for over 40 years, still investing considerable time and energy in China from the early days, and today we are the biggest sports brand there, and We are the brand of China and for China.”
The CEO’s statement shows support for Nike’s business in China, despite the backlash the company received in March following reports of forced labor in Xinjiang.
“We are concerned about reports of forced labor in and in relation to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR),” a statement from Nike read. “Nike does not accept goods originating from XUAR and we have confirmed with our contract suppliers that they do not use textiles or yarns from this region.”
According to a transcript of a press call on March 25, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters: “The Chinese people will not allow foreigners to profit in China and at the same time, smear China.”
Ms. Hoa also said: “Any conscious person can find it important to provide more employment opportunities for people, including ethnic minority groups to help improve their livelihoods. good. Yet some people are linking this to forced labor and repression, because they have actually done these things themselves for hundreds of years of history. They infer the behavior of others based on their own experiences.”