Marriott apologized profusely, saying it respects and supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of China. The Dublin-headquartered manufacturer also vowed to pay more attention to user experiences in different regions.
"The apology is insincere", said another.
Zara and Medtronic were "required to conduct a comprehensive self-examination", it said.
China views with Tibet and Taiwan as integral to its territory and reacted furiously to the mistake. "We apologize deeply for hurting the feelings of Chinese people".
Separately, the same regulator that penalised Marriott - the Shanghai branch of the state cyberspace administration - accused Zara of placing Taiwan in a pull-down list of countries on its Chinese website.
For global companies, there can be no room for error on issues of basic cultural understanding. Unfortunately, twice this week, we had incidents that suggested the opposite: First, by incorrectly labeling certain regions within China, including Tibet, as countries in a drop-down menu on a survey we sent out to our loyalty members and second, in the careless "like" by an associate of a tweet that incorrectly suggested our support of this position.
China, emboldened by its growing economic and geopolitical influence, is showing less tolerance of what it sees as violations of its political bottom line by foreign companies.
The company's Chinese website was replaced with a similar statement, adding it was only taking reservations over the phone. The French fashion company lists Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as separate countries from China on its "Contact Us" page, the Nikkei Asian Review confirmed.
The website of Starwood, which is part of Marriott, was also taken offline in China.
In 2008, hundreds of protesters called for a boycott of the French retailer Carrefour after Tibetan activists disrupted the Olympic torch's journey through Paris. "This is a matter of principle".
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,100 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 124 countries and territories.
Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that have retained high degrees of autonomy since their return to China as special administrative regions in the late 1990s.
The island of Taiwan declared independence in 1950 but Beijing has claimed sovereignty ever since.
Marriott's troubles should also drive home for foreign businesses operating in China or hoping to cater to Chinese tourists that understanding how Beijing understands history is key to not running afoul of the Chinese government.
Walmart to raise its starting wage to $11 an hour
Rival retailer Target Corp raised its minimum wage to $11 in September, and said it would raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020. While companies and states have increased salaries in recent years, the $7.25 federal minimum wage has not budged since 2009.
The proposed legislation will need a majority vote of all 297 members of the National Assembly in order to ban trading outright. Authorities had "grave concerns" over the craze and were "aiming to close virtual currency exchanges" in the country, he said.
Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Virginia have previously made similar declarations. Pharmacists will be asked to provide the overdose reversal drug widely, likely for free or at a reduced price.
Afghanistan was placed in Level 4, "Do not travel" category for reasons that included terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict. Countries have been issuing travel advisories for its citizens time and again, considering the present global scenario.
Wembley Stadium has another two games as London stages three consecutive weeks of American football for the first time. The league held one game each year there from 2007 to 2012, then added a second annual game in 2013.
Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, in his first year with the team, was asked how they keep distractions out of their locker room. In terms of the Vegas line, that's also the biggest upset suffered by the Patriots in a playoff game in the Belichick era.
A study in December in JAMA Internal Medicine found that about half of the Medicaid recipients in MI were already working. CMS officials said they did not have any estimates on how much Medicaid enrollment would drop as a result of the policy.
Withdrawal from the three-nation deal would take six months and would likely raise tariffs on USA exports headed north and south. The sixth round of NAFTA negotiations are slated to begin January 23 in Montreal.
"This is why I am saying it to you and wishing you well and good health". "It could be a sensitive subject", the prince joked. The suspected candidates include stylist Jessica Mulroney, actress Priyanka Chopra, and tennis superstar Serena Williams.
The chief minister also ordered an inquiry into the incident and paid a visit to the minor's house to express his condolence. Zainab was the eighth minor to have been raped and murdered in Kasur in the past year, the official said.
Dark Souls Remastered will include the Artorias of the Abyss DLC from the start, as well as an increased resolution and framerate. So far Bandai Namco has only announced the Trilogy Box for Japan and for the PlayStation 4 .
Japan protests after Chinese frigate, sub sail near Senkakus
The Chinese side explained the move by saying that its navy was in the area to monitor and follow two vessels belonging to Japan. The Chinese ambassador responded to the protest by reiterating China's stance on the islands, the statement added.
Ecuador grants nationality to Julian Assange
Diplomatic immunity would allow him to leave the embassy without the possibility of being arrested for jumping bail in 2012. The Associated Press reports that Ecuador has granted citizenship to Julian Assange .