On the morning of May 25, an article on the social network of anonymous users posted a picture taken supposedly at the office of TCL company (China) located in Ho Chi Minh City showing a map of Vietnam but without 2 pants. Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands belong to Vietnam’s sovereignty. The map only has an S-shaped geographical area and is divided into 3 regions: North, Central, and South, along with TCL’s target for the market in each region.
According to the sharer, who claimed to be an employee of TCL Vietnam, the original map had full details of the archipelago, but the Chinese leader forced it out. “If you look closely at the picture, there will be traces of glue of these two archipelagos after removal,” the post emphasized.
The above information quickly spread on different groups and forums, making many people angry, even though the original post was removed.
In the morning of the same day, the representative of TCL Vietnam spoke up about the incident and said that this was “a misunderstanding”.
“Currently, there are a lot of false images about the map that are being spread on offensive social networks. The official information of TCL is posted only at Fanpage TCL Electronics (Vietnam) and website tcl.com. TCL Electronics Vietnam deeply regrets that the misunderstanding has affected the reputation and trust of customers for our brand,” the TCL side confirmed in the official announcement on its fanpage.
Attached to the corrected post is a photo of the wall with the map of the three regions as above, with the full appearance of the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa archipelagos.