Qantas pressured to adopt one-China policy over Taiwan
May 08 2018
Yesterday, China's foreign ministry responded to the White Housecomments, saying that overseas companies operating in China should respect its sovereignty and territorial integrity, follow Chinese law and "respect the national feelings of the Chinese people".
Last month, China sent a letter to 36 foreign airlines, ordering them to avoid listing Taiwan as a country.
"No matter what the United States says, it can not change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and that Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are indivisible parts of Chinese territory", spokesman Geng Shuang said in a statement on the ministry website.
Meanwhile, Wang Yi-kai, a Taiwanese social activist, who launched the satirical "Apologise to China" contest on Facebook in 2016, said that amid rising nationalist sentiment, even those foreign companies that abided with Beijing's one-China policy would find themselves being reprimanded for some other misdemeanour.
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.
"While we seek a mutually beneficial commercial aviation relationship with China, we will consider taking appropriate action if necessary in response to unfair Chinese actions".
Sanders said the Trump administration was calling on Beijing "to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens".
Qantas made some changes to its website in January, when the issue first arose, but still does not list Taiwan as part of China, unlike British Airways. "China's efforts to export its censorship and political correctness to Americans and the rest of the free world will be resisted".
The White House said President Donald Trump "will stand up for Americans resisting efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to impose Chinese political correctness on American companies and citizens".
"China's internal Internet repression is world-famous". 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.
Regulators ordered Marriott to close its China-based website and app for one week after criticizing the company for referring to Tibet and Taiwan as countries in a customer survey.
It wasn't clear what China had demanded Qantas do, or what the penalties for non-compliance might be.
The Presidential Office yesterday expressed gratitude to the U.S. for its concern over China's request to United States and global airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, while Washington's action drew mixed response from others in Taiwan.
As of Monday afternoon, the post had attracted more than 23,000 comments, majority critical of the US.