US airlines set to change Taiwan listings amid pressure from China
Major U.S. airlines are expected to alter how they refer to Taiwan on their websites as they face a Wednesday deadline from the Chinese government to avoid retaliation, a U.S. official told POLITICO.
The airlines are expected to list the city of Taipei as a destination without referring to the place where it is located, the official said. The Chinese government has demanded that airlines describe it as part of China, not Taiwan.
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Similar changes are expected for Hong Kong and Macau, which are autonomous territories of China. China doesnât recognize Taiwan as a sovereign nation.
The State Department notified the Chinese government late Monday, the official said. Itâs unclear whether the changes will satisfy Chinaâs demands, which the White House criticized in May as "Orwellian nonsense."
The carriers are also expected to take a similar approach to U.S. destinations found on their China-facing websites, listing city names without referring to the United States as the arrival country.
Airlines for America, the trade group representing most major U.S. airlines, indicated in a statement that changes are coming.
âAs wi th other sectors of the economy, the U.S. airline industry is a global business that must contend with a host of regulations and requirements,â the group said. âA4A and the affected U.S. airlines appreciate the engagement and counsel we have received from the administration as carriers begin to implement a solution.â
Spokespeople for American, Delta and United didn't comment.
Reuters first reported the anticipated website changes.Source: Google News Taiwan | Netizen 24 Taiwan