On May 9, American wholesale company Costco signed an agreement with Chinese Shanghai Pudong Kangqiao group to set up its first store in China. However, it seems the going will not be easy for the wholesale giant in the Asian country as it recently joined a list of companies that have come under fire due to their stance on Taiwan. It all started two years ago when Formosan Association for Public Affairs -- an organization that supports Taiwan's right to be recognized as an independent country -- complained Costco's online job application did not include Taiwan in a list of countries. Responding to this, Costco Wholesale Corp.'s senior vice president of human resources and risk management, Patrick Callans, wrote a mail April 14, 2016, saying, "We have retail locations in Taiwan and very much consider it a country." Formosan Association posted the letter on Facebook.
KUALA LUMPUR – Fuji Xerox Co.'s Malaysian arm has partnered with a local nongovernmental organization to promote an education outreach program in impoverished communities in the country, as well as elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region. A workbook titled "Reading English Made Easy," prepared by the NGO, MYReaders, and printed by Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. (Malaysia Operations), will be distributed to children across the nation to improve their English language skills. "We are happy Fuji Xerox Malaysia is supporting this program," she said.