Jul 24, 2021 - Sports

China says NBC displayed "incomplete map" during opening ceremony

China walks into the Olympics opening ceremony.
Team China walk in the parade during the Opening Ceremony. Photo: Xavier Laine/Getty Images

China denounced NBC for displaying what the nation called an "incomplete map" of its territory during the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics, Reuters reports.

Driving the news: The map was shown on-air as Chinese athletes entered the opening ceremony and did not include Taiwan nor the South China Sea.

  • "[The display] hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people," the Chinese consulate in New York said in a post on its official Weibo social media platform on Saturday, per Reuters.
  • "We urge NBC to recognise the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error," the Chinese consulate said.
  • Comcast's NBC Universal, which has broadcasting rights to the Olympic Games, did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

The big picture: Over the past several years, the Chinese government has increasingly sought to control how international organizations and companies refer to Taiwan, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian reports.

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