Ikea angers Chinese over its label info about Taiwan

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/27 22:28:39

Chinese netizens have called on Ikea to abide by the one-China principle, after discovering that the company's packaging lists the Taiwan island on par with China.

A Sina Weibo user claimed on August 11 he bought a vase at an Ikea store and found that its packaging refers to Taiwan the same way as China and other countries.

"[The company] earns Chinese people's money but tries to separate China?" the user asked.

Another user said on August 20 that he bought kitchen items but discovered that the products' illustration depicts Taiwan as a country, together with China, Japan, India and the Philippines.

Other Sina Weibo users made similar comments, with someone saying that the company even lists Hong Kong and Taiwan as countries on its website.

The Global Times found that although Ikea does not refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as "countries" on its website, it places them under "locations" with the countries.

Although Ikea separated Spain's stores and those in the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands, it uses "Spain-Mainland" and "Spain-Balearics and Canary Islands" to distinguish them from each other.

Both the islands are autonomous communities of Spain.


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