Western Companies Bow to Chinese Bullying, Censor Mentions of Taiwan, Tibet on Websites

Western Companies Bow to Chinese Bullying, Censor Mentions of Taiwan, Tibet on Websites, by John Hayward.

Marriott International was one of several companies caught up in China’s crackdown on foreign corporations that allegedly insult its territorial integrity by treating controversial or semi-autonomous regions like Tibet, Hong Kong, Macao, and especially Taiwan as separate “countries” on their websites.

Days after the story broke, Marriott is still offering fulsome apologies and implementing a draconian “eight-point rectification plan” to get right with Beijing.

In fact, according to an article in the state-run China Daily on Thursday, Marriott froze all of its social media worldwide to placate the authoritarian communist nation. …

“This is a huge mistake, probably one of the biggest in my career. To regain confidence and trust, the first thing is to admit the mistake, then fix it, and it would come back slowly as we prove we really mean what we say,” Marriott’s Asia-Pacific managing director Craig S. Smith told China Daily on Wednesday.

hat-tip Stephen Neil