Globe: Eighty percent of the worlds top 500 labeling enterprises involving Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan contain incorrect labels

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 Globe: Eighty percent of the worlds top 500 labeling enterprises involving Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan contain incorrect labels


The research results will be included in the forthcoming Blue Book on the Rule of Law on the Internet: Report on the Development of Rule of Law on the Internet in China (2019). Zhi Zhenfeng, editor-in-chief of the Blue Book on the Rule of Law on the Internet (2019) and a researcher at the Law Research Institute of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, told the Global Times on the 10th that one China is not only a legal fact recognized by international law, but also a legal principle that all international private or public sectors, including transnational corporations, must abide by. It is not optimistic that multinational corporations, represented by the worlds top 500, respect the one-China principle.

In August this year, COACH, Versace, Swarovski and other well-known international brands have been exploded on their official websites or products, which has caused criticism in domestic public opinion for the problems of juxtaposing Hong Kong, Taiwan and other countries or labeling Hong Kong as a country. Subsequently, the above companies apologized and made corrections one after another. If the above problem is an example, in April 2018, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 44 foreign airlines requesting them to correct the wrong practices of violating Chinese law and one China policy in the relevant content of their official websites. Thus, it can be seen that the mistake or improper identification of multinational enterprises in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan has become a common problem.

In response to this situation, the Observing the Status of Multinational Enterprises Observing the One-China Principle special organization research force, from the official website of the worlds top 500 enterprises in 2018 (the official website of the national language set up by the companys headquarters in its registered country) to Chinas Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan region logo entry, observe the multinational enterprises to One-China u201d Compliance with principles. According to Zhi Zhenfeng, the principle of one China has become a recognized requirement of international law and has been universally recognized and abided by by by the international community. In this context, as the worlds top 500 enterprises playing an important role in the international economic field, whether they can abide by the universally recognized international law requirement of one China principle in their business activities reflects not only the rules and norms of their business activities, but also the respect for Chinas sovereign territorial integrity, as well as their business operators. Professionalism and corporate social responsibility.

The team found that 158 of the top 500 enterprises in the world in 2018 were related to national and regional identifications, and 127 official websites of multinational enterprises had errors or improper identifications in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, accounting for more than 80%.

Among the 158 top 500 enterprises in the world, there are 8 Chinese enterprises involved in the logo of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Among them, 7 enterprises have logo errors or improper problems on their official websites. They are AIA Group, Mei Group Co., Ltd., Quanta Computer Company, TSMC, Yangtze River Heji Industry Co., Ltd., and Weichuang Group. And Fubon Financial Holding Co., Ltd.

Among 150 foreign enterprises (whose headquarters are registered outside the mainland of China and Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan), only 30 have no mislabeling or improper labeling, 120 have problems, and the proportion of enterprises with mislabeling is as high as 80%. Among them, 34 of the 44 U.S. companies involved in the identification of Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have errors or inappropriateness, accounting for 77%. It should be noted that among the 34 American enterprises with mislabeling or improper identification, 29 listed Taiwan, 27 listed Hong Kong and 6 listed Macao. Not even a single American company identifies Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan as belonging to China at the same time.

This is the second time that the task force has counted the compliance of multinational enterprises with the one-China principle. At the end of 2018, the research team found that 83 of the top 500 enterprises in the world in 2017 had official websites of their mother tongue related to the issue of territorial identification. Of these, 66 companies mislabeled Taiwan and 53 companies mislabeled Hong Kong.

According to two yearsfollow-up observation, 67% of the worlds top 500 companies with mislabeling problems in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have not taken any measures to correct their mistakes in the past year, such as Nissan Motor and Hitachi. Thirteen.4% of businesses have become worse off, and they have never made mistakes in the past year, such as Citigroup, ArcelorMittal, and Ozanne. 10.9% of the enterprises, such as Societe Generale, Metropolitan Life and Sisco Life, did not involve the Hong Kong logo in China in 2018, but in 2019, Hong Kong was listed separately instead of being subordinate to China. Although 8.7% of enterprises have improved compared with the previous year, there are still some mislabeling problems, such as LG Electronics, TSMC and so on. Statistics show that some multinational companies have corrected their mistakes in the past period, such as Siemens, Royal Shell Oil Company and P&G Company. The emergence of new and improved enterprises that adhere to the one-China principle shows that more and more enterprises are more aware of the importance of respecting the one-China principle. But overall, its still not optimistic, Zhi Zhenfeng said. For the current phenomenon of errors or improper labeling in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the research group also gives suggestions: first, to strengthen the awareness of national territory; second, to severely punish problem maps and wrong labels, and guide enterprises to standardize the use of maps; third, to mobilize public action by combining the inspection of competent authorities with self-inspection and self-correction of enterprises. The enthusiasm of newspaper supervision. Source: WWW Author: Zhao Juehun, Responsible Editor: Wang Ning_NB12468

According to two yearsfollow-up observation, 67% of the worlds top 500 companies with mislabeling problems in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan have not taken any measures to correct their mistakes in the past year, such as Nissan Motor and Hitachi. Thirteen.4% of businesses have become worse off, and they have never made mistakes in the past year, such as Citigroup, ArcelorMittal, and Ozanne. 10.9% of the enterprises, such as Societe Generale, Metropolitan Life and Sisco Life, did not involve the Hong Kong logo in China in 2018, but in 2019, Hong Kong was listed separately instead of being subordinate to China. Although 8.7% of enterprises have improved compared with the previous year, there are still some mislabeling problems, such as LG Electronics, TSMC and so on.

Statistics show that some multinational companies have corrected their mistakes in the past period, such as Siemens, Royal Shell Oil Company and P&G Company. The emergence of new and improved enterprises that adhere to the one-China principle shows that more and more enterprises are more aware of the importance of respecting the one-China principle. But overall, its still not optimistic, Zhi Zhenfeng said.

For the current phenomenon of errors or improper labeling in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, the research group also gives suggestions: first, to strengthen the awareness of national territory; second, to severely punish problem maps and wrong labels, and guide enterprises to standardize the use of maps; third, to mobilize public action by combining the inspection of competent authorities with self-inspection and self-correction of enterprises. The enthusiasm of newspaper supervision.