China recently shut down the local websites of Marriott International for listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as individual nations and accused the multinational hotel company of supporting separatist movements.
The government also said that one of Marriott’s social media accounts had liked a post by a group supporting the the Tibetan separatist movement.
Shanghai Cyberspace Administration immediately issued an order to close down the Mandarin version website of Marriott, as well as its app. The international website however, is still up.
In response, Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson apologized last Thursday and reiterated that the hotel group “respects and supports Chinese sovereignty and its territorial integrity”.