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WATCH: John Cena apologizes to China after receiving backlash for calling Taiwan a country

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John Cena had to apologize to China for calling Taiwan a country in a recent interview.

It happened while speaking to TVBS during a promotional tour for Fast & Furious 9. This caused outrage among Chinese fans. Cena referred to Taiwan as “the first country” to watch the upcoming movie that is directed by Taiwanese-American Justin Lin.

After it got nearly 3 million views on Weibo, Chinese media wanted an apology from the former WWE Champion.

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Cena posted a video message on the Sina Weibo platform to apologize and spoke in Mandarin.

“Hi China, I’m John Cena. I’m in the middle of Fast & Furious 9 promotions. I’m doing a lot of interviews. I made a mistake in one of my interviews. Everyone was asking me if I could use Chinese… the staff [of the movie] gave me a lot of information, so there was a lot of interviews and information.

“I made one mistake. I have to say something very, very, important now. I love and respect China and Chinese people. I’m very, very sorry about my mistake. I apologize, I’m very sorry,” [H/T to SCMP]” You must understand that I really love, really respect China and the Chinese people. My apologies. See you.”

The film will be released in the United States next month while it was released in Hong Kong on May 19th. There have been recent reports about Cena making a return to WWE TV in July.