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Beijing Squares Up to Washington Over 'Orwellian' Airline Rules

Beijing Squares Up to Washington Over 'Orwellian' Airline Rules

"Taiwan is an integral part of China's territory".

Taiwan's independence-leaning president, Tsai Ing-wen, weighed in with a tweet, saying, "We call on all businesses to resist #China's efforts to mischaracterize #Taiwan".

"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 USA government foreign policy", said Wolf, who is now the Hong Kong-based senior emerging market economist for Aberdeen Standard Investment.

According to a report by The Washington Post, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a letter to 36 carriers last month saying that companies that failed to acknowledge the one-China principle may be subjected to closer administrative scrutiny or even given demerits on their credit records.

Foreign airlines that refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau as being independent from China could face punishment under a new social credit regulation issued by Beijing late past year.

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

The Trump administration made it clear Saturday that Beijing will not be allowed to export censorship and its own Communist Party brand of political correctness to the rest of the world.

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Sanders said the Trump administration was calling on Beijing "to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens".

The spat comes shortly after a high-level USA delegation returned from two days in Beijing with little to show for talks aimed at averting a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

In their telephone conversation on Saturday, Pompeo and Politburo member Yang Jiechi "affirmed the importance of a constructive, results-oriented bilateral relationship", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. Qantas' menu refers only to "Taipei, Taiwan". 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. "There should be no pressure from governments, whether ours or others, that threatens the ordinary operations of business".

"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous".

PATA has 88 government members and China has emerged as the most supportive in hosting events and has considerable clout, but the association has managed to juggle the two China issues quite expertly limiting friction and demands.

The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs had previously slammed China for its "overbearing use of political power". Chinese companies' websites operate freely and without political interference in the United States.

The moves come as China is stepping up efforts to isolate Taiwan diplomatically.


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