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Mars Wrigley apologizes to China over Snickers ad that called Taiwan a country

Written by Javed Iqbal

Mars Wrigley, the company that produces the Snickers candy bar, issued one sorry to china on Friday after suggesting that Taiwan is an independent country.

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

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

Mars said in the apology that it has changed 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 request for comment from Fox Business.

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China considers self-governing Taiwan its own territory and has raised the prospect of annexing it by force. The United States maintains informal relations and defense ties with Taiwan, although it recognizes Beijing as the government of China.

Chinese President Xi Jinping

Chinese President Xi Jinping is focusing on the ties that China’s state-owned 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 was brought to a head this week when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited the island in a move that led to a harsh rebuke from China.

Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China announced sanctions against Pelosi and her family on Friday, calling her visit to Taiwan a “cruel provocation” and a “gross interference” in the country’s internal affairs.

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“Taking into account China’s serious concerns and firm opposition, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi insisted on visiting China’s Taiwan region. This constitutes gross interference in China’s internal affairs,” the spokesman said. “It seriously undermines China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, seriously tramples on the one-China principle and seriously threatens peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

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

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In this photo released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, center, walks with Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu, left, as she arrives in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, Aug. 2. (Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs 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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