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Angry professor sues Deloitte for calling Taiwan a country

Xie Baisan was traumatized when Deloitte's website listed Taiwan as a country

Accounting giant Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu recently launched a Mainland website. Xie Baisan, a professor of management studies at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan university went to the website and found that Taiwan was listed as a country in the pulldown menu at the top of the screen.

Professor Xie was horrified.

According to a report in today's Beijing Youth Daily, he put together some documents and stormed into the Huangpu District Court to personally deliver his case against the evil splittists at Deloitte. He is demanding that Deloitte do three things:

1. Immediately correct their website
2. Apologize in the media to all Chinese people
3. Pay Professor Xie 100,000 yuan for the spiritual damage he has suffered

Professor Xie says he plans to give the money to the Project Hope charity.

The Beijing Youth Daily also printed a statement from Deloitte, apologising for offending anyone and noting that the error was caused because of the way they structure their business units.

The pull down menu on the Deloitte website that caused Professor Xie's trauma has been amended so that its title reads 'Countries / Territories' (国家/地区). Their media statement also says that they will take further action to ensure that this does not happen again.

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