China-FM Briefing/Marriott

Foreign companies in China must respect China's sovereignty: FM spokesman

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Beijing, China - Jan 12, 2018
1. Press briefing in progress
2. Reporters
3. SOUNDBITE (Chinese) Lu Kang, spokesman, Chinese Foreign Ministry:
"I want to stress that Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet are all a part of China. This is an objective fact and the consensus of the international community. We welcome foreign enterprises to invest and promote their business in China. Meanwhile, foreign companies in China should also respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, comply with Chinese laws and respect the feelings of the Chinese people. This is also the basic requirement for any enterprise to invest, do business and conduct cooperation in other countries."
4. Press briefing in progress
5. Various reporters, cameramen

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6. Various of Marriott's apologies
7. Statement of Chinese authorities to punish Marriott


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Foreign companies in China must respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, said spokesman of Chinese Foreign Ministry.

Lu Kang, the spokesman, made the reply when commenting on Marriott International, a U.S.-based hotel, listing Tibet, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as countries in its controversial questionnaire.

"I want to stress that Hong Kong, Macao, Taiwan and Tibet are all a part of China. This is an objective fact and the consensus of the international community. We welcome foreign enterprises to invest and promote their business in China. Meanwhile, foreign companies in China should also respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, comply with Chinese laws and respect the feelings of the Chinese people. This is also the basic requirement for any enterprise to invest, do business and conduct cooperation in other countries," said Lu.

Marriott sent out a mail questionnaire to its Chinese members Tuesday morning, which listed Tibet, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as options under the question "Which country are you from?" Screenshots of the questionnaire posted on micro-blog site Weibo soon went viral and stirred a strong public backlash.

Marriott suspended the questionnaire late Wednesday and apologized twice on its Weibo account Wednesday and Thursday, promising to not make that kind of error again and stating that the firm respects China's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Chinese authorities will give Marriott International the harshest penalties according to China's Advertisement Law.




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  • ID : 8070805
  • Published : 2018-01-12 20:05
  • Last Modified : 2018-01-12 20:05:37
  • Location : Beijing,China
  • Category : politics
  • Duration : 1'20
  • Audio Language : Chinese/Nats
  • Source : China Central Television (CCTV)
  • Restrictions : No access Chinese mainland
  • Version : 1
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