China targets more companies for listing Taiwan as a country

Taiwan’s MOFA calls the Chinese handling of the incident “rude”

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/01/13
By: Teng Pei-ju, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – After several multinational companies such as Marriott

A deliveryman walks away from the entrance of a JW Marriott hotel in Beijing, Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. The Marriot hotel chain apologized Thursday to China’s government for referring to Tibet and self-ruled Taiwan as countries in a customer survey that news reports said Chinese police investigated as a possible crime. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

International and Zara were targeted by the Chinese media and netizens and forced to apologize for mentioning Taiwan, and Hong Kong, Macau, and Tibet as separate countries in their websites or emails, dozens more have also been marked for the same reason.

The hotel chain Marriott International was the first victim in the Chinese witch hunt for sending emails asking members of its loyalty scheme to choose which country they lived in, with Taiwan and Tibet being part of the available options.

The Chinese authorities made a huge fuss about this incident by launching an investigation and even ordering the shutting down of the hotel’s Chinese website and app for one week.    [FULL  STORY]

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