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China slams US's 'Orwellian nonsense' jab on its Taiwan push

08 May 2018

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.

The carriers were ordered to remove references on websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, according to United States officials.

China and the US are battling it out over airline websites as Beijing attempts to force foreign companies to bend to its will on issues of territorial sovereignty.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, and Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, are now "special administrative regions" of China. She said the Trump administration is calling on China "to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens".

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On Sunday, China's Foreign Ministry responded to the White House comments, saying that overseas companies operating in China should respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, follow Chinese law and "respect the national feelings of the Chinese people".

According to a statement delivered by White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, US President Donald Trump would "stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens". The trade delegation was not received by Chinese President Xi Jinping or Vice President Wang Qishan, echoing Trump's decision to not meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He during his visit to Washington, DC, in March.

Civil Aviation Administration of China reportedly sent a letter to 36 airline companies last month warning them to not violate the one-China policy.

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Qantas believes its material complies with Australia's One China policy. Most of these companies have said that it is a matter to be resolved by governments and that they should not be dragged into the controversy.

As China leverages the power of its massive domestic market to bend foreign companies to its political will, its retribution has sometimes targeted those firms' online presence.

The poll results were released three days after the Dominican Republic switched its recognition from Taipei to Beijing, leaving Taiwan with only 19 diplomatic partners. Washington acknowledges Beijing's position that there is one China that includes Taiwan and the United States takes no stance on that question.

Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue, with China considering the self-ruled, democratic island a wayward province.

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China slams US's 'Orwellian nonsense' jab on its Taiwan push