China fines Japanese-owned 7-Eleven for calling Taiwan a country

The Chinese government has fined Japanese-owned 7-Eleven convenience store chain in Beijing for showing a map on its website that branded the island of Taiwan as a country.

The company has been fined 150,000 yuan ($ 23,519) by Chinese market regulators for posting an “incorrect” and “incomplete” map of China that labeled Taiwan an “independent country,” Global reported on Friday. Times, a Communist Party tabloid.

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A 7-Eleven location in Madison Heights, Michigan. It is the largest chain of convenience stores in the world. Based in Japan, there are currently a total of 39,000 locations worldwide.

“Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory and the one-China principle is a widely recognized standard governing international relations and the broad consensus of the international community,” said Wang Wenbin, spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. , during a press conference.

Beijing has also complained that the 7-Eleven website did not use its official names for some disputed South China Sea islands, The Guardian reported.

The Beijing stores are owned by a subsidiary of Japanese firm 7 & i Holdings, which said it would “do our best to avoid a recurrence,” reported The Guardian.

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China claims Taiwan is part of its own territory and rejected its claims for independence after the two countries separated in 1949. The United States does not formally recognize Taiwan but maintains an unofficial relationship and supports its democratic government.

Beijing has stepped up its presence near Taiwan and sent dozens of warplanes to its defense zone, coinciding with President Xi Jinping’s calls for Taiwan to enter China as part of “peaceful reunification.” .

Fox News’s Adam Shaw contributed to this article.

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