BNP Paribas mislabels HK and Taiwan, triggering boycott
BNP Paribas, a France-based international banking institution, listed China's Taiwan island and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region on par with China on its website, sparking widespread outrage and a call for a boycott on China's social media.
Global Times reporters on Tuesday found that BNP Paribas' website lists Hong Kong and Taiwan without their motherland China, while Reunion Island in Africa, New Caledonia in Asia Pacific and other regions are clearly followed by "France."
BNP Paribas responded to the Global Times in an email on Tuesday that "we already use the term 'locations' on our websites and fully take into account the status of Hong Kong SAR [Special Administrative Region], Macau SAR and Taiwan as regions of China."
On both of its Chinese and English websites, Hong Kong and Taiwan are listed alongside with China.
Such a bank should be put on China's list of unreliable entities, according to a netizen on Weibo.
Others said that if the bank wanted to get out of the Chinese market, they could help it.
As one of the earliest foreign banks to enter China, it set up its first office in Shanghai in 1860, according to its website, and currently has more than 500 employees in China. BNP Paribas also holds 18-percent stock in China's Bank of Nanjing.
Mislabeling Hong Kong and Taiwan was not the only event that triggered Chinese netizens' outrage. The bank on Friday issued a statement on its Chinese website apologizing for one of its employees' social media posts, after netizens found a person named Jason Y. Ng, possibly a BNP Paribas employee, who had made posts in support of the Hong Kong riots on his Facebook account.
错误地标注香港和台湾，并不是巴黎银行唯一引起中国网民愤怒的事件。上周五，网友发现一个名叫Jason Y. Ng的人在Facebook上发帖支持香港骚乱，此人可能是巴黎银行的员工。之后巴黎银行在其中文网站上发表声明，就员工在社交媒体上发的帖子致歉。
文：Song Lin、Zhang Hui