China demands Delta apology over nations list

Posted January 14, 2018

Separately, the same regulator that penalized Marriott - the Shanghai branch of the state cyberspace administration - accused Zara of placing Taiwan in a pull-down list of countries on its Chinese website.

While the worldwide website of the hotel is available in China, a Mandarin version of the same was ordered closed by the Shanghai Cyberspace Administration.

Worldwide companies operating in China should respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, state broadcaster CCTV said, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang's comments at a regular briefing.

In December 2004, Chinese media reported that hackers had defaced McDonald's corporate website on Christmas Day because it had both Taiwan and Hong Kong listed alongside other nations in a "Country" pull-down menu.

Taiwan has been self-ruled since splitting from the mainland after a 1949 civil war, but Beijing continues to claim sovereignty over the island.

Yet unlike the foreign companies, Air China was not ordered to make a public apology. "This is the minimum requirement of any company going to another country to carry out business and investment", he said.

Marriott now has more than 100 properties in China.

After issuing a public apology in response to the geographical gaffe on the emailed questionnaire, he was forced to speak out once more when it transpired that an employee had "liked" and shared a Twitter post by Friends of Tibet, which campaigns for independence for the region.

"In China, at the request of the government, we have taken down our Chinese websites and apps to conduct a full review and audit". Delta wrote an apology on its website, saying that it's sorry "for hurting the feelings of the Chinese people".

Beijing considers self-ruling Taiwan to be a breakaway province and Tibet is governed as an autonomous region. Hong Kong and Macau became British and Portuguese territories, respectively, in the age of European colonialism but are now "special administrative regions" under China. "We sincerely apologize for any actions that may have suggested otherwise".

Authorities shut down the mobile phone app in Chinese of Marriot as well, as part of the punishment for its survey that was released in Mandarin.

In official statements published by Xinhua, there was no mention of whether other brands under the Marriott International umbrella would face investigation by the relevant authorities.