While Mars Wrigley insisted on respecting China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, some Chinese social media users reportedly did not seem to accept the company’s apology.
Famous American chocolate bar and confectionery maker Mars Wrigley has issued an apology to China for promoting one of the company’s products.
Previously, videos and photos of an event promoting a limited-edition Snickers bar billed as available only in the “countries” of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan spread across the platform. Chinese social media Weibo, according to Reuters.
The company posted an apology on Snickers China’s Weibo account, saying it respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and insisted that all relevant content has since been edited.
According to Global Times, while the apology made its way into the top 10 hottest topics on Weibo on Friday, some social media users apparently didn’t “buy” it.
“Is it so difficult to say one China? one of them said, quoted by the newspaper.
The development comes amid deteriorating US-China relations following US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan.
Following the conclusion of Pelosi’s trip to the island, China launched live-fire exercises around Taiwan and announced the suspension of cooperation with the United States on a number of issues, such as crime transnational and climate change.