Trump White House accuses China of 'Orwellian nonsense'

Larry Hoffman
May 8, 2018

On the business website, Garuda Indonesia was found to have identified Taoyuan Airport with the designation "Taiwan's Taoyuan International Airport, China", thereby implying that Taiwan's airport is a part of China.

The carriers were told to remove references on their websites or in other material that suggests Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are part of countries independent from China, US and airline officials said.

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

Unlike self-ruled Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau are Chinese territories operating with some degree of autonomy. She said the Trump administration is calling on China "to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens". "This respect is essential for a robust global marketplace".

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.

China's Civil Aviation Administration has demanded the change from 36 foreign carriers, including some American carriers, the White House said.

"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.

The White House on Saturday condemned Chinese efforts to control how USA airlines refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao as "Orwellian nonsense".

The move came after the U.S. and China held high-stakes trade talks in Beijing aimed at forestalling a looming conflict between the world's two largest economies.

Taiwan would continue to support and strive for regional stability and cross-strait peace, despite Beijing's constant efforts to suppress its global space, Presidential Office spokesman Sydney Lin (林鶴明) said.

It wasn't clear what China had demanded Qantas do, or what the penalties for non-compliance might be.

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

But he mentioned that it is worth noting that 30.5 percent of the people surveyed agree that Taiwan should accept the "1992 consensus" under Beijing's "one China principle", while 29 percent blame the Taiwan government for undermining ties between the two sides. The Dominican Republic switched its official recognition from Taipei to Beijing last week, leaving the island with just 19 diplomatic allies. Washington acknowledges Beijing's position that there is one China that includes Taiwan and the United States takes no stance on that question.

The letter to airlines offered more detailed instructions on how Taiwan should be described when compared with an earlier warning in January that Taiwan not be called a separate country.

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