Saturday, July 07, 2018

Air India is not the only airlines that has agreed to ‘rename’ Taiwan under Chinese pressure


Recently, Beijing issued orders to world’s major airlines that they must comply with the orders to recognise Taiwan as part of China. Recently, Civil Aviation Administration of China published a notice on its website saying that foreign airlines operating in China should avoid referring to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as countries. This made some carriers change the drop-down menu from ‘country’ to ‘country/region’.

But Beijing wasn’t satisfied. On 25th April, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines ordering them to explicitly refer to Taiwan as a part of China. While the White House called it an ‘Orwellian nonsense’, China’s foreign ministry said, ‘Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are “inalienable” parts of China’s territory and foreign companies operating in China “should respect China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China’s laws and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people.’

Japan Airlines Co., ANA Holdings Inc. and Australia’s Quantas Airways Limited had already changed how they describe Taiwan on their website even as the deadline looms over the head. The Associated Press found 20 carriers, including Air Canada, British Airways and Lufthansa, that now refer to Taiwan, the self-ruled island that Beijing considers Chinese territory, as a part of China on their global websites. Even Air India, India’s national carrier, was forced to change ‘Taiwan’ to ‘Chinese Taipei’.
06/07/18 OpIndia

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