Taiwan happy with USA response to PRC

Taiwan happy with USA response to PRC

Taiwan happy with USA response to PRC

"Regardless of what the United States side may say or do, it will not change the fact that there is only one China in the world", foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular briefing Monday.

"The Chinese Communist Party can be forgiven for believing it can use a version of its social credit system on American companies".

China has hit back at U.S. claims a push by Beijing to stop foreign airlines referring to Taiwan as a separate state is "Orwellian nonsense".

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has declared that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan "are an inalienable part of China's territory" and therefore must be referred to as such by carriers operating in China, according to Bloomberg.

The Chinese government sent a threatening letter on April 25 to dozens of worldwide airlines warning that they would face severe consequences if they failed to identify Taiwan as a part of China, according to The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the letter.

The attack mainly refers to a letter written by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), which demands that 36 foreign carriers, including American airlines, list the worldwide status of Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as "region" instead of "country".

The White House says it will resist Chinese efforts to make the world bend to its will.

In a statement White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders noted that President Trump "ran against political correctness in the United States".

Saturday's White House statement is the strongest official USA response to the Chinese Communist Party's imposition of speech standards on foreign firms.

However, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) said that while it might appear that US President Donald Trump is defending the sovereignty of the Republic of China, anything Trump does has the US' interests as his priority.

The White House's latest statement was released as a high-level U.S. trade delegation, led by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, wrapped up a visit to China.

The website of American Airlines changed its listing as of Monday to show Hong Kong and Macau as special administrative regions of China, and only classified Taiwan separately.

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.

Last year, pop singer Katie Perry was banned from entering China because she had worn a sunflower dress at a Taipei concert that was seen to have supported Taiwan's independence.

In the PATA directory blurb it describes the member from Taiwan as: "The Taiwan Visitors Association, a non-profit organisation, promoting tourism for the Republic of China through both domestic and worldwide activities".

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