Thursday, July 05, 2018

Air India now flies to 'Chinese Taipei,' not Taiwan

Air India now offers flights to "Chinese Taipei" where it previously offered flights to Taiwan, according to its website. The change was made on Wednesday at the request of India's foreign ministry, an Air India official told CNNMoney.

China has been taking foreign companies to task over the way they refer to self-governed Taiwan, which China considers an integral part of its territory. Taiwan's government doesn't recognize Beijing's claim.

India's government downplayed suggestions it had bowed to Chinese pressure, which has already seen airlines such as Air Canada (ACDVF) and Australia's Qantas (QABSY) agree to change their descriptions.

"Air India's decision to rename the destination of Taiwan as Chinese Taipei is entirely consistent with international norms, and our own position on Taiwan since 1949," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India's foreign ministry, said Thursday.
05/07/18  Rishi Iyengar/CNN Money