BEIJING -- The Japanese-owned operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores in Beijing has been fined for describing Taiwan as an independent country and other naming conventions on its company website.
The Beijing municipal government in December issued a warning to the company and imposed a fine of 150,000 yuan ($23,500), according to a credit information site affiliated with the Chinese government. The stores in the capital are run by a local unit of Seven-Eleven Japan, a subsidiary of Japanese retail giant Seven & i Holdings.
The company also failed to use Chinese names for several South China Sea islands as well as for the Japanese-administered Senkaku Islands, which China claims and calls the Diaoyu, according to the site.
The 7-Eleven map was found to have mistakes in showing China's borders along the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and the Tibet Autonomous Region, the credit information site said.
Seven & i Holdings issued a comment, acknowledging the reprimand by Beijing authorities.
"This incident is true, and we sincerely accept" the warning and the fine, a company spokesperson said. "We will do our best to prevent a recurrence."