China warns Western firms over Taiwan

BBC News
Date: 06/30/2018
By Cindy Sui, BBC News, Taipei

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionChina considers Taiwan, whose capital is Taipei, to be a Chinese territory

In recent months, many multinational companies, from airlines to clothing brands, have been getting on the wrong side of Beijing.

They have done so by listing Taiwan under the title “country” in their website’s drop down menus, or by suggesting the island is a country on their product packaging, or designs.

China’s government and the Chinese people consider Taiwan – which has been ruled separately since 1895 when Japan occupied it as a colony and then by the Nationalists after the end of China’s civil war in 1949 – as an errant province, to be reunified one day.

Our Taipei correspondent Cindy Sui, who spent her early childhood in mainland China but grew up in the US, and has been living in Taiwan in recent years, sheds some light on why multinational companies and others now find themselves caught in the divisive issue of Taiwan’s sovereignty.    [FULL  STORY]

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