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China urges hotels to review websites as 'country' crackdown grows

From Reuters - January 13, 2018

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Chinas tourism authority has urged accommodation companies to review their websites and apps to fix what Beijing deems to be inaccurate labeling of Taiwan or other Chinese-claimed territories as countries.

The move expands the Chinese governments 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 Incs Chinese website for a week to punish the worlds biggest hotel chain for listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries in a customer questionnaire.

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

It said the administration had ordered immediate and thorough checks of websites and apps by accommodation companies to ensure they comply with the law.

The civil aviation authority on Friday demanded an apology from Delta Air Lines for listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries on its website, while another government agency took aim at Inditex-owned fashion brand Zara and medical device maker Medtronic Plc for similar issues.

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