05:32 GMT05 August 2020
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    Uniqlo’s new spring jacket made of light cotton with four large square pockets bears a striking resemblance to the uniform worn by the late Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong – yet the company denies any similarity.

    "Any resemblance that customers or people on the web have commented on is purely coincidental," Aldo Liguori, a representative for the clothing company, which is owned by Fast Retailing, told the South China Morning Post. "That was never in our minds when we designed the item."

    The jacket, which the company calls a "men u fatique jacket", comes in khaki, black and navy. It retails for $69.90 and is described as an "iconic military jacket" that is part of its "progressive essentials" collection.

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    The perceived similarity was pointed out by Twitter users, who also argued that the jacket is reminiscent of the clothing worn by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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