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."
Global Times 记者周二发现，法国巴黎银行在其网站上单独列出了香港和台湾，没有标注 " 中国 " 字样。而非洲的留尼汪岛、亚太的新喀里多尼亚和其他地区背后则明显标注了个 " 法国 "。
( 截图 via 巴黎银行官网 )
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."
周二，巴黎银行在给 Global Times 的一封邮件中回应称，" 我们已经在网站上使用了‘地点’一词，并充分考虑了香港特别行政区、澳门特别行政区和台湾作为中国领土的地位。"
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.
还有些人表示，如果该银行想要退出中国市场，他们可以 " 助一臂之力 "。
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.
作为最早进入中国的外资银行之一，巴黎银行于 1860 年在上海设立了第一个办事处。根据其官网，巴黎银行目前在中国有超过 500 名员工。巴黎银行还持有南京银行 18% 的股份。
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。