Mercedes Sorry For Quoting Religious Figure

Mercedes Sorry For Quoting Religious Figure

Mercedes Sorry For Quoting Religious Figure

Mercedes-Benz is just the latest company to cross China. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after a failed uprising against Chinese rule, though the Nobel Peace Prize winning monk says he simply seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland.

The automaker attached a quote from the Tibetan spiritual leader to a post showcasing a sleek luxury model-"Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open". The Chinese government considers Tibet to be part of China.

German auto giant Daimler-owned Mercedes-Benz issued an apology after its social media ad that quoted Dalai Lama created an uproar in China.

Recently, Marriott came under fire for listing Tibet, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries in its emails and apps, while Delta Air Lines found itself in trouble for similarly listing Taiwan and Tibet as countries, CNN noted. The photo was hashtagged "MondayMotivation" and had a white text overlay quoting the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan spiritual leader.

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"They might have restored their reputation in front of the Chinese", one user commented on a South China Morning Post story about the Mercedes-Benz controversy, "but lost it in front of the wider world".

Many customers were quick to criticize the company for its post.

"We fully understand this incident has hurt the feelings of Chinese people, including Mercedes-Benz's employees in China", the company said in a statement on its Weibo after deleting the post it said contained "extremely mistaken information".

China is the biggest overseas market for many worldwide brands and the government is pivoting to a new economic growth model that is driven more by consumption rather than manufacturing and investment.

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The quote was posted on Instagram, which is officially blocked in China.

Of the almost 2.4 million vehicles it sold worldwide a year ago, more than a quarter were snapped up by Chinese buyers. Marriott apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China.

Foreign brands in China are trying to court Chinese shoppers who have growing purchasing power, but consumers and regulators are increasingly willing to challenge brands over actions that go against what Beijing deems appropriate.

Business Insider's Tara Francis Chan also reported that Zara, Qantas, and Delta all either released apologies or issued "corrections" after they were found to list Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Tibet as countries.

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They have been governed separately since, though a shared cultural and linguistic heritage mostly endures, with Mandarin spoken as the official language in both places.

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