Taiwan minister urges courage over China tactics
TAIPEI (Reuters) â" Taiwan hopes countries around the world can show courage in the face of pressure from China on their companies to list the self-ruled island as part of China on their websites, Taiwanâs Foreign Ministry said Thursday.
China has demanded that foreign firms, and airlines in particular, begin referring to Taiwan as Chinese territory on their websites, along with Hong Kong and Macau, a move described by White House as âOrwellian nonsense.â
Taiwan is claimed by China as its own, and is Chinaâs most sensitive territorial issue and a potential military flashpoint. Hong Kong and Macau are former European colonies that are part of China but run largely autonomously.
Carriers such as Air Canada, Lufthansa and British Airways have already made changes to their websites, and Australiaâs Qantas Airways said this week it would also comply with Chinaâs request.
Taiwan has repeatedly complained about the moves.
âWe hope that governments around the world show moral courage and carry out the principles of fairness and justice, and not give any country the opportunity to use such bullying on their firms,â Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrew Lee told reporters.SpeechSource: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan