Ctrip removes products calling South Tibet ‘Arunachal Pradesh’

By Chen Xi Source:Global Times Published: 2019/5/8 21:43:40


A Net user displays the download page of the Ctrip app on his phone . Photo: VCG


One of China's leading online travel agencies said on Wednesday it has removed relevant products from its online platform after "We-media" exposed screenshots of Ctrip's webpage and phone application allegedly showing products calling South Tibet as the "Arunachal Pradesh" claimed by India to be its territory.

According to a statement sent by a Ctrip publicity department employee to the Global Times on Wednesday, it has removed the wrong information overnight after noticing reports by "We-media" that exposed the wrong depiction Tuesday night.

However, in the statement, Ctrip did not confirm or deny that such wrong information refers to the depiction of the Sino-Indian border.

Ctrip said it is determined to safeguard China's national sovereignty and territorial integrity, and will launch a comprehensive investigation to avoid similar problems from happening again.

Screenshots posted by kunlunce.cn, the website of a Beijing-based think tank, showed that search results for the key words "Arunachal Pradesh" in both Chinese and English display hotels in the region. However, in the geographical description, such sites were described "in India."

"Ctrip has designated the South Tibet region as Indian territory by calling it 'Arunachal Pradesh'. Is it going to sell the country in such an open fashion," a netizen named baishuiwentianxia said on Sina Weibo on Wednesday.

"China's position on the China-India boundary question is consistent and clear-cut," said Hua Chunying, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson in February, stressing that the Chinese government has never recognized the so-called Arunachal Pradesh.

The incident comes after multiple cases of problematic maps which failed to show the correct territory of China were destroyed by the customs authorities in China.

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