China Fines 7-Eleven for Calling Taiwan a Country

China has fined and issued a warning to 7-Eleven’s China-based convenience stores for its website naming Taiwan a country and displaying maps with allegedly erroneous borders.

The Beijing municipal authority fined the company about 150,000 yuan ($23,500) for “errors” including a “wrongful act of assigning Taiwan province as an independent country” in December, although the move was first reported by Nikkei Asia on Friday.

Seven & i, the Japanese firm that runs 7-Eleven convenience stores in Beijing, are also being fined for failing to use China’s names for some disputed islands in the South China Sea on their website’s map, including the Japanese-administered Senkaku islands which are called Diaoyu in China.

Seven & i “is taking the issue seriously and making sure to prevent a recurrence,” according to Nikkei Asia.

The Chinese government claims Taiwan as part of its territory and has been aggressively acting out against supporters of the island’s independence, saying that it is against the “One China” principle.

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