‘Mercedes Benz you’ve made yourself an enemy of the Chinese people’ 0SHARES Share Tweet Email PHOTO: REUTERS BEIJING, CHINA: German automaker Mercedes-Benz has apologised for “hurting the feelings” of people in China after its Instagram account quoted Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, seen as a separatist by Beijing. The apology marks the latest backpedalling by a foreign company for offending Chinese consumers with advertising or information that clashes with Beijing’s official position. Mercedes’s seemingly benign post to its official Instagram account showed a Benz on a beach before rolling white capped waves. Mercedes stolen using ‘relay devices’ in mere seconds “Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open,” the ad copy ran, citing the Dalai Lama. “Start your week with a fresh perspective on life from the Dalai Lama,” the carmaker wrote in the tagline. The post immediately drew criticism from Chinese internet users for quoting the Nobel Peace Prize laureate, whom Beijing accuses of being a “wolf in monk’s robes” seeking Tibetan independence through “spiritual terrorism”. The Dalai Lama has called for granting Tibetans greater autonomy within China, but not independence. While Instagram is blocked in China and inaccessible to most Chinese, and the Instagram… Read full this story
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