Chinese regulators have rebuked fashion brand Zara, Delta Air Lines and medical device maker Medtronic for calling Taiwan a country on their websites in a new show of Beijing's intense sensitivity about the self-ruled island.
Zara, Delta and Medtronic were ordered Friday to remove the "illegal content" and issue public apologies. The airline regulator told other carriers to check their own websites.
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Beijing claims Taiwan as part of its territory and regularly lashes out at publishers of books, maps and other materials that refer to it as a country.
Earlier, the hotel chain Marriott was ordered to shut down its mainland China website and app for a week after a customer survey included Taiwan, Tibet and Hong Kong among a list of countries.