We told you about the hullaballoo that started with CCTV-9 anchor Rui Chenggang’s rant in his blog against Starbucks’ presence in the Forbidden City. Well, the story has now come to a close. Starbucks has closed its outlet there, and if this China Daily article is anything to go by, it wasn’t Rui’s blog entry or the ensuing furore that finally overwhelmed the outlet. Apparently, the management of the Forbidden City “had offered to continue serving Starbucks coffee alongside other brands at a planned beverage store that will also sell domestic coffee”, but Starbucks insisted on having an independent cafe on its own. The China Daily article also points to an opinion piece in Saturday’s Beijing Morning Post that questioned Chinese “cultural tolerance” over the Starbucks issue. It asks, “Why do some of the Chinese nationals are so hostile toward foreign companies that enter such landmarks as the Forbidden City, but feel so proud when a Chinese businessman buys into a German airport?”
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