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Mercedes-Benz Apologizes To China After Quoting Dalai Lama In A Car Post

The German automaker said it is trying to "deepen its understanding of Chinese culture" after a #MondayMotivation Instagram post quoting the Dalai Lama garnered backlash on social media.

Mercedes-Benz issued an apology statement Tuesday after an Instagram post struck a nerve with Chinese consumers.

The post, which has since been deleted,. The photo was hashtagged "MondayMotivation" and had a white text overlay quoting the Dalai Lama, a Tibetan spiritual leader.

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