Beijing Finishes 7-Eleven for Calling Taiwan a Country | Taiwan

Beijing fined and issued a warning to 7-Eleven on its website listing Taiwan as a country and displaying maps it said contained erroneous borders for Xinjiang and Tibet.

The Beijing municipal government fined the company 50,000 yuan ($ 7,842) for “mistakes” including “the wrongdoing of designating the province of Taiwan as an independent country.”

He said the 7-Eleven website also did not use Chinese names for some disputed South China Sea islands, including Japan-administered Senkakus, which China calls the Diaoyu Islands.

The sanction was handed down in December, but was first reported on Friday by Asia Nikkei. The convenience store chain is prolific across Asia, and the Beijing stores are owned by a nationwide outpost of Seven-Eleven Japan, a subsidiary of the Japanese company 7 & i Holdings.

The Chinese government claims Taiwan as a province and is hypersensitive to any act or reference that appears to support Taiwan’s position that it is a sovereign nation. High profile cases in recent years have sparked nationalist backlash and boycotts, which in turn have prompted many apologies.

In May, John Cena, co-star of the hit film Fast & Furious 9, posted an apology filmed in Mandarin online for any offense caused to the Chinese after referring to Taiwan as a country when promoting the film.

According to Nikkei Asia, Seven & i Holdings acknowledged the complaint and said it would “do its best to prevent it from happening again”.

Additional reporting by Xiaoqian Zhu

Toya J. Bell