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China’s warning to foreign businesses operating in China to “respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”

China’s warning to foreign businesses operating in China to “respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity”

January 15, 2018

Following the Marriott China crisis last week that seen the Chinese regulator shut down the hotel chain’s website as a result of a questionnaire listing Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet and Macau as separate countries. There has been a warning from the official spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Speaking on Friday 12th January, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang stated that ” We welcome foreign corporations’ investment and operation in China. Meanwhile, they should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China’s laws and respect Chinese people’s national feelings. This is the minimum requirement for any enterprise to invest, operate and conduct cooperation in another country.”

This response came after Mr Lu was asked about the Marriott incident. He also stated about the incident when asked by a report that ” the Chinese competent authorities have dealt with that and the head of the corporation you mentioned has made a public apology. I would like to stress that Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet are all parts of China, and this is the objective fact as well as the consensus of the international community.”

Following the Marriot incident the Chinese aviation authority on Friday demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines following a similar issue whereby the airline had listed Tibet and Taiwan as separate countries on a drop down on their website.

The last week has been a lesson to Western countries looking to or already operating in China. That the national feeling on issues like Tibet must be respected no matter the companies own view.