Mars Wrigley apologizes to China for Snickers ad calling Taiwan a country

Mars Wrigley, the company that produces the Snickers candy bar, issued an apology to China on Friday after suggesting Taiwan was an independent country.

Snickers had promoted a limited-edition candy bar with videos and images announcing that it was only available in the “countries” of South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan, Reuters reported.

After the post went viral on social media, including Chinese microblogging platform Weibo, the company issued an apology.

Mars said in its apology that it had revised the language of the ad.

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A woman shows a Snickers chocolate bar in her hand (Photo by Mustafa Kamaci/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images/Getty Images)

“Mars Wrigley respects China’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and conducts its business activities in strict accordance with local Chinese laws and regulations,” the apology said.

Mars Wrigley did not immediately respond to a Fox Business request for comment.

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China regards self-governing Taiwan as its own territory and has raised the possibility of annexing it by force. The United States maintains informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan even though it recognizes Beijing as the government of China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is focusing on the ties China’s state banks and other financial stalwarts have developed with big players in the private sector, expanding his efforts to curb capitalist forces in the economy. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) ((AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)/AP Newsroom)

The tenuous relationship between China and Taiwan came to the fore this week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in a move that drew a severe rebuke from China.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson announced sanctions against Pelosi and his family on Friday, calling his visit to Taiwan a “blatant provocation” and “flagrant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

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“In defiance of China’s grave concerns and strong opposition, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has insisted on visiting the Chinese region of Taiwan. This constitutes gross interference in the affairs of interior of China,” the spokesperson said. “This seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously undermines the one-China principle and seriously threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. »

China also announced following Pelosi’s trip that it had suspended all planned discussions with the United States on several international issues, including climate change and military actions.

Nancy Pelosi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan

In this photo released by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, center, walks with Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, as she arrives in Taipei, Taiwan on Tuesday, August 2. (Taiwan Foreign Ministry via AP/FOXBusiness)

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The White House has maintained that it remains committed to the “one China policy” which states that the People’s Republic of China is the sole government of China.

Fox News’ Lawrence Richard contributed to this report

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