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SOURCE: INDIA TODAY

China got furious after Marriott, a global hotel chain, listed Tibet as a ‘country’. Marriott created a survey for its guests in which Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan were listed as ‘countries’. China, on the other hand, after observing the same, ordered an investigation regarding the e-mail questionnaire survey.

The cyberspace administration and market supervision bureau of Huangpu district in Shanghai said they had conducted interviews with the company’s representatives in China and ordered all related content to be removed from its website and mobile app.

The US-based hotel corporation, Marriott International categorised Chinese territories as ‘countries’ and caused a mess on Chinese social media as reported by state-run Xinhua news agency.

The authorities are currently looking into the matter.

Marriott has apologised twice on Weibo (China’s social media website similar to Facebook) after some social media users from China said that they will boycott the hotel.

“We are deeply sorry for the questionnaires,” state-run Global Times earlier quoted a Marriott statement as saying.

“We realised that this mistake would deeply disappoint our Chinese customers. For now, we have suspended the questionnaires and fixed the options at once. We apologise for the inconvenience caused by the incident,” the company said.

FYI: Tibet is an autonomous region of China, situated near Northern Himalayas. However, “Free Tibet” campaign by many Tibetans seek an independent Tibet and considers the region as a small, independent nation.

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