Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Austrian jewellery company Swarovski apologised Tuesday for "hurting the feelings" of Chinese people after calling Hong Kong a separate country on its website, becoming the latest luxury brand to come under fire in China.The apology from the jewellery brand came a day after several other luxury retailers apologised for mistakes in their labelling of the semi-autonomous cities of Hong Kong and Macau as well as the self-ruled island of Taiwan.
Hong Kong has become a particularly sensitive subject for Beijing with the financial hub plunged into months of pro-democracy protests, and international brands have been caught in the crossfire."We are extremely sorry for the Chinese people whose feelings have been hurt," the jewellery firm said in a statement on Tuesday."Swarovski thanks the supervision of people from all walks of life and is willing to continue to build a harmonious society with the Chinese people."