Costco exec’s iffy Taiwan stance angers

By Yin Han Source:Global Times Published: 2018/5/24 23:03:42

Chinese internet users expressed anger after finding out that a top executive of Costco, scheduled to set up operations in Shanghai, had reportedly supported "Taiwan independence."

Costco signed a contract in May with the Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao Group to establish its first physical store and investment headquarters in Shanghai, Beijing-based news website reported on Wednesday.

In 2016, then Costco senior vice president Patrick Callans replied in a letter to a US-based organization supporting "Taiwan independence" that his company "very much considered it (Taiwan) a country," Taiwan-based news site Liberty Times Net reported. A picture of the alleged letter was posted alongside the report.

In the letter, Callans apologized to the Formosan Association for Public Affairs for not listing Taiwan as a country on the Costco jobs website.

Taiwan is listed with a "national flag" together with countries such as the US and South Korea  on Costco's official website, the Global Times journalist also found.

"It is necessary for enterprises to declare their political stance and stick to it," Feijunyanxi posted on Weibo on Wednesday. "Otherwise, they should get out of the country."

Costco opened its first online store on China's shopping site Tmall in 2014.

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