China ho­tels asked to la­bel Ti­bet, Tai­wan ‘ ac­cu­rately’

The Asian Age - - World -

Shang­hai, Jan. 13: China’s tourism au­thor­ity has urged ac­com­mo­da­tion com­pa­nies to re­view their web­sites and apps to fix what Bei­jing deems to be in­ac­cu­rate la­belling of Tai­wan or other Chi­nese­claimed ter­ri­to­ries as coun­tries.

The move ex­pands the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment’s ef­forts of re­cent days to po­lice how for­eign busi­nesses re­fer to parts of China, or ter­ri­to­ries claimed by Bei­jing, in­clud­ing Tai­wan and Hong Kong - even if only in pull- down menus on web­sites.

On Thurs­day the gov­ern­ment sus­pended Mar­riott In­ter­na­tional Inc’s Chi­nese web­site for a week to pun­ish the world’s big­gest ho­tel chain for list­ing Ti­bet, Tai­wan, Hong Kong and Ma­cau as sep­a­rate coun­tries in a cus­tomer ques­tion­naire.

No ac­tiv­i­ties that chal­lenge China’s “le­gal red lines” would be per­mit­ted, the state news agency Xin­hua quoted a China Na­tional Tourism Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( CNTA) of­fi­cial as say­ing.

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