Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Mercedes Joins Apology Spree to China for Dalai Lama Quote

Dalai Lama speaking at the Millennium Forum Londonderry. He is addressing a Children of the Crossfire event on compassion in action to celebrate 20 years of the groundbreaking organisation's work Mercedes Joins Apology Spree to China for Dalai Lama Quote
Theresa Hayes | 08 February, 2018, 06:46

"We will promptly take steps to deepen our understanding of Chinese culture and values, our worldwide staff included, to help standardize our actions to ensure this sort of issue doesn't happen again", the Daimler-owned company said in the statement.

Dalai Lama now lives in India as refugee.

Mr Geng made the remark at a daily news briefing after German luxury vehicle brand Mercedes-Benz posted an Instagram advertisement quoting the Dalai Lama on Monday and then apologised on Tuesday, according to China Daily.

Mercedes-Benz has issued an apology to the country of China, following a controversy which ensued after the brand posted an ad on Instagram quoting exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Mercedes has since removed the image, writing a full apology on its Weibo page.

"Even though we deleted the related information as soon as possible, we know this has hurt the feelings of people of this country", Mercedes said on its verified Weibo account on Tuesday.

Nor is this the first Dalai Lama Instagram post to provoke a backlash in China.

Mercedes-Benz's position as the top-selling premium carmaker in the world exists thanks in no small part to its booming success in China.

The editorial continued: "Some foreign companies are dredging up gold in China's market at the same time as they are harming the Chinese people, what do they want to do?"

Daimler has been increasingly expanding in China in recent years.

Mercedes-Benz joins a long line of foreign companies forced to apologize for offending Beijing's sensitivities.

Communist China sent troops into Tibet in 1950 to enforce its claim on the region, and has controlled it since 1951 - though the central government in Beijing has faced repeated bouts of unrest from ethnic Tibetans unhappy over its rule.

Marriott International had its website in China shut down by regulators after it caused a similar uproar, inviting boycotts from Chinese consumers.

China has cooperated fully with foreign enterprises during the decades of reform and opening-up, Mr Geng said on Wednesday, adding that the cooperation not only promoted the development of China but also benefited foreign enterprises, China Daily reported.

Last summer, British band Placebo was scheduled to perform at the Summer Sonic Festival in Shanghai - until they posted a photo of the Nobel victor on Instagram. The automaker said it had offended the feelings of its consumers and employees in China.