August 10, 2022
Snickers maker apologizes to China for calling Taiwan a country

The US-based candy giant, which makes Snickers, apologized to China on Friday for suggesting Taiwan to be a country in an advertisement.

Mars Wrigley recently launched a limited edition Snickers bar in the country and advised that the chocolate bar was only available in the countries of South Korea, Malaysia and Taiwan, according to a Reuters reports.

The statement went viral on Chinese social media platforms including Weibo.

According to the report, Mars Wrigley then published an apology and said that he modified the language in his ad.

The controversy comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the small island this week and China’s response to the visit, including approving the speaker and starting military exercises.

Wrigley's Doublemint Chewing Gum and M&Ms.
Mars Wrigley issued an apology to China for referring to Taiwan as a country in an ad.
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Beijing also said on Friday that it was canceling or suspending talks with the US on a variety of issues, including climate change and military ties, because of the speaker’s visit.

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