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Livid China asserts right over Taiwan as United States allows diplomatic visits there

08 May, 2018, 01:11 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • White House says China’s efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted

Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) yesterday said China's efforts to control private firms in other countries was "arbitrary and ill-intentioned".

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

Washington has maintained a delicate diplomatic balance since 1979, recognising Beijing's sovereignty as part of its "One China" policy, while remaining Taiwan's most powerful unofficial ally and main weapons supplier.

"We have to point out that foreign enterprises operating in China should respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by Chinese law and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people", said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry, in a statement released on Sunday.

This came after a US statement released on Saturday, which objected to China's requirement that foreign companies should stop listing Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan as "countries" on their websites and promotional materials.

Delta Air Lines apologized in January for making "an inadvertent error" by listing Taiwan and Tibet, about which China is also sensitive, as separate countries.

Hong Kong, a British colony until 1997, and Macau, a Portuguese colony until 1999, are now "special administrative regions" of China.

The Chinese government sent letters to dozens of worldwide airlines instructing them to amend their websites to show that Taiwan is a part of Chinese territory or face serious consequences.

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.

According to CNA, a message was sent to head of Garuda Indonesia's Public Relations Ikhsan Rosan to confirm whether the name change was due to pressure from China; however, there has been no reply from the airline company.

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".

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".

The harshly worded statement came as a high-level trade delegation led by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from negotiations in China and as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with a member of the Chinese Communist Party leadership.

As of Monday afternoon, the post had attracted more than 23,000 comments, a lot of them critical of the US.


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