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Marriott Apologizes to China After Chinese Government Blocks Their Website

Angered by the hotel chain's apparent recognition of the independence of Tibet and Taiwan, the Chinese government retaliated with a shut down Marriott's website.

By NTK Staff | 01.12.2018 @2:30pm
Marriott Apologizes to China After Chinese Government Blocks Their Website

The communist Chinese government blocked Marriott International’s local website inside the country this week, and the hotel chain apologized for its violations of Beijing’s sensitive censorship laws.

Marriott’s crime? It allegedly undermined the “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of the communist government with a “like” on Twitter and a customer survey.

The controversy started with the survey, which listed Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as separate countries from the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese consider themselves sovereign over both territories, according to The New York Times:

The problem: The survey listed Tibet, a region of China, and Taiwan, an island it claims as its own, as separate countries, according to Chinese media reports. It also listed Hong Kong and Macau — territories that are ruled by China — as separate, according to the reports.

The hotel chain’s social media account then “liked” a tweet from a Tibetan independence group, “Friends of Tibet,” from one of their social media accounts. The tweet in question congratulated Marriott for recognizing Tibet’s independence.

Chinese authorities launched an investigation into the survey, ordering Marriott’s site shut down. The company then apologized on Twitter, saying they “don’t support separatist groups that subvert the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China:”

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