Beijing fined and issued a warning to the 7-Eleven store chain, a subsidiary of Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holding, for displaying on its website a map indicating Taiwan as a country independent from China. 

The company was fined 150,000 yuans (US$23,500), according to a credit information site controlled by the Chinese regime, for making the ‘mistake’ in naming Taiwan, and also for using Japanese names to name some disputed islands in the South China Sea.

The punishment to the multinational 7-Eleven chain, which owns approximately 260 stores in Beijing, was issued in December, but Asia Nikkei first reported it on Friday, January 7.

China and the island of democratic Taiwan have been governed separately since 1949, but the Chinese communist regime still considers it part of its territory and lists it as a renegade province that must be reunited to mainland China, even by force if necessary.

“I want to tell you that Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory and the one-China principle is a widely-recognized norm governing international relations and the broad consensus of the international community,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said with reference to this issue at a press conference. 

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) strategically uses the loans to force foreign companies to use the designation of Taiwan as a Chinese province in the information they provide on their websites. In addition to controlling that the products they sell conform to the ideology of the communist regime, Breitbart reported

Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials also chastised the Japanese company for referring to the “Senkaku Islands” by its Japanese name on its website, instead of “Diaoyu Islands,” as it insists on calling them. The said island is administered by Japan, but China also claims them as its own. 

According to the media outlet, Seven & i Holdings accepted the Chinese regime’s punishment and said in a statement of apology that it “We will do our best to prevent a recurrence.” That companies give in to economic pressure from the Chinese regime is unfortunately a common occurrence, and even more serious in cases where silence is preferred in the face of human rights violations occurring in China under communism. 

There are several reports on the extensive use of forced labor in the production chain of several leading global companies. The Xinjiang area has a high concentration of forced labor camps where prisoners of conscience are tortured, often to death, in detention.

Several of these companies, including Nike, Coca Cola, Zara, have been accused of complicity in Chinese genocide because they keep silent about these aberrations against innocent people in order not to lose juicy business deals with the regime. 
With the new U.S. law passed in December, companies importing their products from China’s Xinjiang province will be obliged to prove that they did not use slave labor as part of the genocide against the Uyghurs.

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