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In the past few months however, we have seen a new trend emerging, such that it is not just foreign governments dancing to Beijing’s tune. International corporations are now also feeling extreme pressure to bend over backwards and accept the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ‘One China’ principle.

Earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz was forced to issue an apology after Chinese netizens took to their keyboards to condemn the company’s use of a Dalai Lama quote in an otherwise innocuous (and completely non-political) post on their Instagram profile [pictured].

They were quick to issue a grovelling apology which accepted China’s laughable line that the use of a quote from the Dalai Lama had “hurt the feelings of people in [China]” - despite the advertisement being penned in English and posted on Instagram, a site which is currently blocked by China’s great firewall.