According to Just Earth News, the Chinese regime has fined Japan-based Seven & I Holdings, the 7-Eleven convenience store chain owner, for referring to Taiwan as an independent nation on its website.
The fine amount is 150,000 yuan, equivalent to $23,500.
Seven & I Holdings is not the first foreign company that has faced the same penalty from the Chinese regime. Several foreign-invested corporations in China were also forced to omit any reference of Taiwan as a separate nation from their websites.
Some had to deliver official apologies for recognizing Taiwan as separate from Chinese territory.
After recognizing Taiwan as a separate nation, Gap, Daimler AG, United Continental Holdings, and ANA Holdings had to back down.
Gap had to publicly apologize in May 2018 for selling a T-shirt describing the China map without the island of Taiwan and the South China Sea.
According to the Beijing government-linked information website, China issued a fine and warning to Seven & I Holdings last December.
China also accused Seven & I Holdings of not describing certain South China Sea islands by their Chinese names and the disputed Diaoyu islands, known as Senkaku in Japan.
Seven & I Holdings was also accused of showing a map with border errors along the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the Tibet Autonomous Region.
While Taiwan has been a self-governed democratic country for over 70 years, Beijing always claimed the island with nearly 24 million people as its territory. The communist regime even threatened Taiwan would be reunified by force if necessary.
Beijing’s One-China policy asserts only one sovereign state under China. Consequently, any instances giving legitimacy to Taiwan as a nation are actively suppressed.
Besides Taiwan, Beijing takes the same aggressive approach with Hong Kong and Macau, declaring them China’s territory.