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Swire does huge business in Hong Kong, from property development and the offshore oil industry to food and beverages. Last year, it gave its official endorsement to the city’s repressive National Security Law. Swire said that the legislation (which would “contribute to the long-term development of Hong Kong as a world-class business and financial center”.
Swire is the largest shareholder in Cathay Pacific, whose subsidiary Cathay Dragon aided the crackdown on Hong Kong’s democracy movement by sacking workers for supporting the protests in 2019. Those fired included Rebecca Sy, chair of the cabin crew union.
Swire also owns a franchise to manufacture and sell Coca-Cola brand drinks in China and the western USA. Coca-Cola buys sugar from Chinese company COFCO, which has been accused of participating in the Chinese state’s forced labour programme. These programmes effectively conscript Uyghurs, and members of other repressed ethnic groups from East Turkestan / Xinjiang.