China blocks Marriott for listing Tibet and Taiwan as countries

China blocks Marriott for listing Tibet and Taiwan as countries

Delta Air Lines is facing political headwinds in China.

China National Tourism Administration also responded by urging all hotels to check the content of their websites and apps to ensure that such mistakes did not happen again. Taiwan, although self-ruled, is considered an integral part of China.

According to China's aviation authority, it would require all worldwide airlines operating in China, to check up their websites, apps and customer-related information so that they "strictly comply with China's laws and regulations to prevent a similar thing from happening".

As a reaction to the protests, Delta reportedly added "China" in front of Hong Kong and Macau, but let Taiwan be in the list titled "Countries and Territories", reports said.

Delta said it recognizes the seriousness of the issue and took immediate steps to resolve it. Unfortunately, twice this week, we had incidents that suggested the opposite: First, by incorrectly labelling certain regions within China, including Tibet, as countries in a drop-down menu on a survey we sent out to our loyalty members; and second, in the careless "like" by an associate of a tweet that incorrectly suggested our support of this position. Marriott has always been my top choice and I will let it pass if it corrects the slip of listing Tibet as a country.

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They are just the latest global companies to find themselves in hot water in China.

Authorities in China have shut down Marriott's local website for a week and scolded Delta, Zara and a U.S. medical firm Friday for listing Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries.

"According to the advertising law, Marriott may face a maximum fine of 1 million yuan (153,822 USA dollars) or have its business license revoked", Wu said.

"Marriott International respects Chinese sovereignty and its territorial integrity.We sincerely apologize for any actions that led to misunderstanding on the aforementioned stance", the company said in a statement on its official Weibo account.

They have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures - with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places.

The original post, by Weibo user Zhongjusaodi, had called the survey "disgusting" and questioned the intelligence of Marriott's Greater China employees.

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