USA slams China over 'Orwellian' bid to police airline websites

Exclusive White House criticises Chinese pressure on foreign airlines

Alexander Huang (黃介正), an associate professor at Tamkang University's Graduate Institute of International Affairs and Strategic Studies, said that for the US, China asking US-based airlines to remove "Taiwan" from lists of countries is considered interference in its internal affairs.

Australia's Qantas Airways said in January it had amended its website to no longer refer to Taiwan and Hong Kong as countries rather than Chinese territories after the CCP issued a similar warning.

The White House has sharply criticised China's efforts to force foreign airlines to change how they refer to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, labelling China's latest effort to police language describing the politically sensitive territories as "Orwellian nonsense". Beijing considers the self-ruled, democratic island a wayward province.

China's internal Internet repression is world famous, the White House said in a statement.

On April 25, the Chinese Civil Aviation Administration sent a letter to 36 foreign air carriers, including a number of American carriers.

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However, Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Lee Yen-hsiu (李彥秀) said that while it might appear that US President Donald Trump is defending the sovereignty of the Republic of China, anything Trump does has the US' interests as his priority.

"This is Orwellian nonsense and part of a growing trend by the Chinese Communist Party to impose its political views on American citizens and private companies", Sanders said, adding that the Trump administration is calling on China "to stop threatening and coercing American carriers and citizens". Those airlines included American carriers, and the White House response on Saturday was swift, reports Reuters.

The spat comes shortly after a high-level U.S. 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. We will be meeting tomorrow to determine the results, but it is hard for China in that they have become very spoiled with USA trade wins!

The spat comes in the wake of a separate row that saw the USA heavily criticising China over accusations they blasted American pilots with lasers in a sinister campaign of harassment.

China will stick to the One-China principle when dealing its external relations, Geng said, urging foreign enterprises operating business in China to respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by Chinese law, and respect the Chinese peoples' feelings.

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"My group just got back from China".

"Whatever the USA said will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world".

Also on Saturday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with a member of the Communist Party leadership.

"Trump ran against political correctness in the United States", it said.

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