Foreign companies tend to react very differently to public criticism in China. There are subtle differences for which controversies they apologize for and for which they do not, according to a study by the Stockholm-based National China Centre. The independent think tank found that 80 percent of companies publicly apologize more often for statements about the territorial integrity of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Tibet than for criticism related to human rights violations in Xinjiang. According to the study, only about one-third of the companies there apologize publicly after a shitstorm.
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