China is stepping up its policing of international companiessuch as Inditex-owned Zara and Delta Air Lines and demanding theyrespect the government's position on long-standing territorialdisputes from Taiwan to Tibet.

The Cyber Administration Office in Shanghai on Friday said Zaralisted Taiwan, an island that China claims as its own, as aseparate country on its website. On the same day, China's CivilAviation Administration summoned executives of Delta as the carrierlists Taiwan and Tibet, located in western China, as nations on itswebsite. The companies were asked to change the “illegal”contents.

China, emboldened by its growing economic and geopoliticalinfluence, is showing less tolerance of what it sees as violationsof its political bottom line by foreign companies. The warningssignal that the country may deploy more sticks against foreigncompanies that can't risk losing business in the world'ssecond-biggest economy.

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