Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

United States Scolds China Over 'Orwellian' Airline Demands

United States Scolds China Over 'Orwellian' Airline Demands

Also in January China suspended Marriott International Inc's Chinese website for a week to punish the world's biggest hotel chain for listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as separate countries in a customer questionnaire.

Press secretary Sarah Sanders on Saturday said Donald Trump "ran against political correctness" in the USA and as president he will "stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".

"You would expect the Chinese government to retaliate, such as shutting down websites or banning certain routes ... but there is no reason why these companies wouldn't comply because their priority is to the shareholders, not to abide by United States government foreign policy", said Wolf, who is now the Hong Kong-based senior emerging market economist for Aberdeen Standard Investment. Hong Kong and Macau answer to Beijing despite having different currencies and local governments, while Taiwan is a democracy that has resisted rule by the mainland. "This respect is essential for a robust global marketplace".

"He will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose political correctness on American companies and citizens", she concluded.

The demands were presented to Beijing before the start of talks between Trump officials and their Chinese counterparts to try to avert a damaging trade war between the world's two largest economies.

The Trump administration is again throwing down with Beijing, this time after China's aviation bureau sent letters to 36 foreign airlines demanding that references to the sovereignty of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau be zapped from their websites.

The Presidential Office yesterday expressed gratitude to the United States for its concern over China's request to U.S. and worldwide airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, while Washington's action drew mixed response from others in Taiwan. The harshly worded statement came as a high-level trade delegation led by the Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China.

GETTYCamp Lemonnier is home to 4,000 US military personnel and headquarters of US Africa Command
GETTYCamp Lemonnier is home to 4,000 US military personnel and headquarters of US Africa Command

Australian carrier Qantas is among the airlines told to change how they refer to Taiwan, prompting comments from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that any such pressure is inappropriate.

Qantas believes its material complies with Australia's One China policy.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously slammed China for its "overbearing use of political power".

The allegations, including a claim that two pilots suffered eye injuries in one attack over the east African base, triggered swift denials with China's defence ministry which said the States have been "in complete contradiction of the facts".

Taiwan is China's most sensitive territorial issue.

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.

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