'Corporate capitulation': Mercedes chided for China apology - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

'Corporate capitulation': Mercedes chided for China apology

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - Two Republican lawmakers lashed out Wednesday at Mercedes-Benz for apologizing in China for quoting Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in a social media post.

Sen. Marco Rubio complained that many major companies "are increasingly prepared to toe Beijing's line." Rep. Chris Smith called it "corporate capitulation."

Last week, Mercedes-Benz issued an apology in China after a Dalai Lama quote - "Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open" - appeared on its Instagram account. The auto company apologized for "wrong information" that "hurt the feelings of Chinese people."

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in northern India, of seeking to split the territory of Tibet from China. He says he only wants autonomy and to protect the region's distinctive Buddhist culture.

The apology followed a series of incidents in which major corporations have bowed to criticism from China. Delta Air Lines, hotel operator Marriott, fashion brand Zara and other companies have also offered up apologies for referring to self-ruled Taiwan, semi-autonomous Hong Kong, and Tibet as countries on websites or promotional material.

Smith, an arch critic of China's authoritarian government, singled out Delta and Marriott for apologizing, and declared: "Corporate America needs to get more of a backbone." Rubio said there was a "grim irony" in China demanding the removal of a post on Instagram, which is blocked inside China.

The lawmakers were speaking at a hearing on Tibet of the Congressional Executive Commission China which monitors human rights and the rule of law in the Asian nation. Among the witnesses was Tibetan filmmaker, Dhondup Wangchen, who fled to America last December after serving a six-year prison term for "subversion of state power." He had distributed writings of the Dalai Lama and made a documentary on conditions in the Himalayan territory.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • National SportsMore>>

  • The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian

    The Latest: Bjoergen becomes most decorated Winter Olympian

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 8:12 PM EST2018-02-21 01:12:24 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:06 PM EST2018-02-21 19:06:07 GMT

    The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic Games in South Korea but that North Korea canceled at the last minute.

    The Trump administration says Vice President Mike Pence was ready to meet with representatives from North Korea during his visit to the Olympic Games in South Korea but that North Korea canceled at the last minute.

  • Vonn 3rd in last Olympic DH; her pal Goggia of Italy wins

    Vonn 3rd in last Olympic DH; her pal Goggia of Italy wins

    Tuesday, February 20 2018 10:42 PM EST2018-02-21 03:42:22 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-02-21 18:57:13 GMT

    Sofia Goggia of Italy won the Olympic women's downhill race as Lindsey Vonn earned bronze.

    Sofia Goggia of Italy won the Olympic women's downhill race as Lindsey Vonn earned bronze.

  • Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

    Gold drought about to end: Russians 1-2 after short program

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:12 AM EST2018-02-21 06:12:43 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:57 PM EST2018-02-21 18:57:02 GMT
    That Russian gold medal drought at the Pyeongchang Olympics is closer to ending thanks to a pair of teen figure skaters who set world records in the short program.
    That Russian gold medal drought at the Pyeongchang Olympics is closer to ending thanks to a pair of teen figure skaters who set world records in the short program.
  • NationalMore>>

  • Overheard threat helps foil California school shooting plot

    Overheard threat helps foil California school shooting plot

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:04 PM EST2018-02-21 19:04:16 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:16 PM EST2018-02-21 19:16:27 GMT
    Officials say they thwarted a student's plot to open fire at a Southern California high school after a staff member overheard a threat by the boy upset over a ban on headphones.
    Officials say they thwarted a student's plot to open fire at a Southern California high school after a staff member overheard a threat by the boy upset over a ban on headphones.
  • Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

    Shooting survivors issue call for action at Florida Capitol

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 1:43 AM EST2018-02-21 06:43:29 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:16 PM EST2018-02-21 19:16:09 GMT

    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't...

    Students who survived the Florida school shooting are preparing to flood the Capitol pushing to ban the assault-style rifle used to kill 17 people, vowing to make changes in the November election if they can't persuade lawmakers to change law now.

  • Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

    Rev. Billy Graham, known as 'America's Pastor,' dies at 99

    Wednesday, February 21 2018 8:33 AM EST2018-02-21 13:33:54 GMT
    Wednesday, February 21 2018 2:15 PM EST2018-02-21 19:15:51 GMT
    The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that Graham died Wednesday morning at...
    The Rev. Billy Graham, counselor to presidents and the most widely heard Christian evangelist in history, has died at age 99. Spokesman Mark DeMoss tell The Associated Press that Graham died Wednesday morning at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
Powered by Frankly