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İtalian luxury label Versace and its artistic director Donatella Versace apologized on Sunday after one of the company’s T-shirts was widely criticized on social media in China for identifying the Chinese-controlled territories of Hong Kong and Macau as countries.
Axar.az reports citing Reuters that Milan-based Versace is the latest company to become entangled in political issues involving China, which since last year has increased its policing of how foreign firms describe Hong Kong and Macau, former European colonies that are now part of China but run with a high degree of autonomy.
“Versace reiterates that we love China deeply, and resolutely respect China’s territory and national sovereignty,” the company said in a statement.
The T-shirt, images of which were widely posted on Chinese social media, featured a list of “city-country” pairs, including “New York-USA” and “Beijing-China”. But it also described Hong Kong and Macau as “Hong Kong-Hong Kong and Macau-Macau.”
“China’s territorial integrity and sovereignty are sacred and inviolable at all times,” Jiaxing Media said in the statement.
The ending of Yang’s relationship with Versace was one of the most viewed topics on Weibo on Sunday, attracting over 640 million views.
(The story refiles to describe Hong Kong and Macau as Chinese-controlled, takes out autonomous.)
2019.08.12 / 16:39