SPECIAL NOTE: Recently I was visiting my nephew, who once worked for Microsoft, got tired of making all the money, left the company, now working for another big business in Washington state in their headquarters. We were watching a documentary about how USA is selling military hardware and software to help Taiwan protect itself from mainland China. I was enraged watching this stupid documentary…the premise Taiwan is an independent nation, and China might one day invade the island nation! I was pissed…how stupid Trump is, Taiwan, historically, belongs to mainland China. It was created by someone, a national leader who lost his war to the communists and left mainland China to seek shelter, hoping one day to reunite with mainland China: like north and south Korea, like north and south Vietnam! But Trump has no concept of history because he does not care about history or listen to his security advisors! I was very angry, because why would China want to invate a terriroty that belongs to China, unless Taiwan is stupid enough to create some kind of independent nation, of course China would never allow that! That simple…Hong Kong is part of China, that is why those who try to shout Indepdence for Hong Kong will not live or survive, they will be in jail very quickly! But we have the new generation of young people…idealistic and lacking historical perspectives on many issues…There is only One China, with two systems, in the United Nations. There is only one China at the Olympics…simple to understand! Anyway this article is about China wanting all the airline industries to recognise Taiwan as a part of China…why is that so difficult to understand because Taiwan is not an independent country! Respect China, I say. USA Steve August 2, 2018 stephenehling@hotmail,com wechat 1962816801
US airlines change Taiwan references the right choice
By Curtis Stone (People’s Daily Online July 25, 2018
In late April, the Civil Aviation Administration of China sent a formal notice to 44 foreign airlines, asking them to list Taiwan as part of China on their websites. After an extension was granted, the foreign airlines had until today, July 25, to revise their websites. As the deadline approached, all eyes were on how the US airlines would refer to the Chinese island of Taiwan on their websites from here on.
Some background: The civil aviation authority sent the request on April 25, asking the airlines to stop labeling the Chinese territories of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao as “countries” within 30 days. By May 25—the initial deadline, twenty-six of the 44 airlines applied for extensions due to technical reasons, and the airlines were given until July 25. Only six of the airlines had yet to revise their websites by July 23.
It was not long before the remaining airlines followed suit. Numerous non-US airlines, including Air Canada, Lufthansa, and British Airways had already made changes to their websites.
Reuters reported on July 24 that all the major US carriers were expected to change how their websites refer to Taiwan before the deadline. Later on Tuesday, Hawaiian Airlines had removed mention of Taiwan from its website. And the next day, American Airlines had followed suit.
In the end, all the major US carriers that fly to China made the right choice.
A check of American’s website on Wednesday, Beijing time, showed that it no longer lists the name Taiwan. Only the airport code and airport name is listed in the search results.
A check of Delta’s website at around 1 pm on Wednesday, Beijing time, showed that it also stopped listing the name Taiwan on its website. Before the change, Taiwan was listed after the city name.
Hours after Delta revised its website, United changed its website, too. Similar to Delta, the website only lists certain city names.
At regular press briefing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated the position that there is no room for negotiation in China’s request that US airlines label Taiwan as part of China. “The one-China principle represents the consensus shared by the international community and is the political foundation for the steady development of China-US relations, something not negotiable,” Geng said.
The reason for the foot-dragging was undoubtedly the US government’s behind-the-scenes efforts to prevent the carriers from “caving in” to the request. The White House in May described the request as “Orwellian nonsense,” and even tried to “negotiate” the one-China principle, using the global companies as political pawns. And on Tuesday, the US Embassy in Beijing expressed that the airlines should “stand their ground,” according to media reports.
But the US carriers saw things differently. “Like other carriers, American is implementing changes to address China’s request,” American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said on Tuesday, according to a report by Reuters. “Air travel is global business, and we abide by the rules in countries where we operate.”
The carriers did the right thing by putting their business interests above the political interests of those who are determined to contain or split China. However, they are playing a little trick by not listing China as a country. Lufthansa and British Airways for instance both list “Taiwan, China” on their websites.
The action taken by American, Delta, and United airlines was a step in the right direction, but it was also a half-hearted attempt to correct their references to Taiwan