Communist China Targets US Airlines Over Taiwan References

As reported by Foreign Policy magazine, "The Civil Aviation Administration of China has sent a letter to United Airlines and American Airlines demanding that their global operations follow China's restrictions against 'separatism, ' meaning that any references to Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau as countries independent from China must be removed".

"Regardless of what the U.S. will say or do, it will not change the fact that there is only one China in the world", spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing, reiterating a statement Sunday.

Meanwhile, Wang Yi-kai, a Taiwanese social activist, who launched the satirical "Apologise to China" contest on Facebook in 2016, said that amid rising nationalist sentiment, even those foreign companies that abided with Beijing's one-China policy would find themselves being reprimanded for some other misdemeanour.

Alexander Huang (黃介正), an associate professor at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, said that for the US, China asking US-based airlines to remove "Taiwan" from lists of countries is considered interference in its internal affairs.

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The White House said President Donald Trump "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".

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"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", Sanders said.

Bishop said she hoped the current understanding with China could continue and that her department would continue to liaise closely with Qantas.

According to a Chinese foreign ministry statement late on Saturday, Mr Yang told Mr Pompeo that the two countries should strengthen exchanges, maintain close communication over economic and trade issues and respect each other's "core interests and major concerns".

The Trump administration made it clear Saturday that Beijing will not be allowed to export censorship and its own Communist Party brand of political correctness to the rest of the world. Chinese companies' websites operate freely and without political interference in the United States. "The Trump administration demanded a $200 billion cut in China's trade surplus with the United States by 2020, sharply lower tariffs, and a halt to subsidies for advanced technology, people familiar with the talks said".

As of Monday afternoon, the post had attracted more than 23,000 comments, a lot of them critical of the US.

The US embassy posted on its official Weibo account the Mandarin translation of a White House statement that dismissed China's request to foreign air carriers as "Orwellian nonsense".

  • Adam Floyd