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List of apologies to China

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This is a list of apologies issued by organisations and public figures to the People's Republic of China.


With the growth of China's economy, many organisations and public figures around the world have been forced to publicly apologize to China after making statements or taking actions that allegedly offended China or its people. Many of the apologies are related to the political status of Taiwan.

Airlines, Hotels, and Travel[edit]

Airlines and others had to agree not to refer to Taiwan as a separate nation.

Government Organizations[edit]

  • Department of National Defense (Philippines) apologized for using the wrong logo on a banner during a ceremony. [5]


Sports and Entertainment[edit]

  • Chelsea F.C.[6]
  • Disney apologized for funding the movie Kundun which China had protested them doing. China responded by blocking all Disney movies and a popular television show of theirs in their nation for a time.[7]
  • ESPN[2]
  • Marvel[8]
  • NBA[9][2]
  • Paramount Pictures[4]

Retail and Fashion[edit]

Internet and Technology[edit]

Public Figures[edit]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Airlines bow to China's Taiwan deadline". 2018-07-25. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 Staff·News·October 14, Editorial; Read, 2019·12 Min (2019-10-14). "At Least 25 Global Brands Have Apologized to China Since 2017". NextShark. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Chan, Tara Francis. "'Economic blackmail': Zara, Qantas, Marriott and Delta Air Lines reverse position on Taiwan for fear of angering China". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Haas, Benjamin (2018-01-12). "Marriott apologises to China over Tibet and Taiwan error". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  5. "DND apologizes to China for error on defense ministry logo". The Manila Times. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  6. "Chelsea apology to China for player's offensive online posts". The Seattle Times. 2017-07-23. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  7. Barboza, David; Barnes, Brooks (June 14, 2016). "How China Won the Keys to Disney's Magic Kingdom". The New York Times. Retrieved December 5, 2019.
  8. Tone, Sixth (20 April 2018). "Marvel China Apologizes As Avengers Fans Assemble". Sixth Tone. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  9. "NBA in grovelling apology after China suspends broadcasts of Rockets games over Hong Kong 'freedom' tweet". The Independent. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Paton, Elizabeth (2019-08-12). "Versace, Givenchy and Coach Apologize to China After T-Shirt Row". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  11. "Dior apologises to China for omitting Taiwan on map". BusinessLIVE. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  12. "Gap apologizes for China map T-shirt that didn't show Taiwan". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  13. Dawkins, David. "UBS Economist Forced to Apologize After 'Chinese Pig' Comments Trigger Outrage". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  14. "Gigi Hadid Apologizes To China On Weibo For Offensive Gesture". HuffPost. 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  15. "James Harden apologizes to China after Daryl Morey's controversial tweet". www.sportingnews.com. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  16. Pazzibugan, Dona Z. "Locsin apologizes to China for anti-Mao remarks". globalnation.inquirer.net. Retrieved 2019-10-17.
  17. Horwitz, Josh. "A 16-year-old pop star was forced to apologize to China for waving Taiwan's flag". Quartz. Retrieved 2019-10-17.

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