Published on : Friday, January 12, 2018
The global hotel chain has issued a apology to the Chinese authorities after describing Tibeta nd Hoing Kong as separate countries, which is projected by the Chinese government as “disrespecting the sovereignty” of China.
The choices included Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, all of which are regarded by the Beijing government as being part of China.
The former British and Portuguese territories of Hong Kong and Macau respectively are now part of the People’s Republic of China. Tibet is officially known as the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
The Foreign Office also warns the British travellers: “Don’t attempt to travel there without the right permits.” After a UK diplomat was allowed to visit Tibet in 2014, the Government reported: ”Security in the Tibetan Autonomous Region is substantial and entrenched. A propaganda campaign against the Dalai Lama continued.
Taiwan, the island which calls itself the Republic of China, is regarded by Beijing as part of the People’s Republic.
In the apology statement, it is noted that the company has corrected the improper actions and checked its websites and mobile apps for other possible errors and will fully cooperate with investigations launched by the Chinese authorities.
It happened after Marriott listed Chinese territories, including Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as “countries” in a drop-down menu, and one of its Twitter accounts was found to have “liked” a Tibetan separatist group, drawing fire from Chinese netizens and prompting an investigation from China’s Internet and market supervisors to determine whether actions of Marriott International violated Chinese laws.