US candy company apologizes to China over Snickers ad that called Taiwan a country.
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Mars Wrigley, the company that produces the Snickers candy bar, issued an apology to China on Friday after suggesting that Taiwan is an independent country.
Snickers had promoted a limited edition candy bar with videos and pictures advertising that it was only available in the "countries’ of South Korea, Malaysia, and Taiwan, Reuters reported.
"Mars Wrigley respects Chinas national sovereignty and territorial integrity and conducts its business operations in strict compliance with local Chinese laws and regulations," the apology stated.
China considers self-ruling Taiwan its own territory and has raised the prospect of annexing it by force. The U.S. maintains informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan even as it recognizes Beijing as the government of China.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is zeroing in on the ties that China’s state banks and other financial stalwarts have developed with big private-sector players, expanding his push to curb capitalist forces in the economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ((AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) / AP Newsroom)
The tenuous relationship between China and Taiwan was brought to the forefront this week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in a move that prompted a harsh rebuke from China.