The White House recently described China’s new rules on how foreign airlines should describe Macau, Hong Kong, and Taiwan as “Orwellian nonsense.” Beijing has penned a letter to three dozen foreign airlines asking them to no longer refer to the three regions as areas independent from China.
The carriers which included some U.S. companies were asked to scrap any data on their websites that suggests Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau are independent countries over which China has no control.
President Donald Trump is reportedly poised to “stand up for Americans” and prevent China’s Communist leaders from imposing political correctness on them and U.S. businesses.
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,
a White House spokesperson said.
The White House also called on China to stop coercing U.S. air carriers and travelers.
China Doesn’t Back Down
China is very sensitive when it comes to Taiwan, a self-ruled island which Beijing sees as an unruly province of China. Macau and Hong Kong used to belong to Europe but have become a part of China. The two areas are run autonomously.
Over the weekend China replied to the Trump administration’s criticism of its Orwellian rules, insisting that foreign carriers should respect the country’s sovereignty and the “national feelings of the Chinese people.” Beijing insists that there is “only one China” and the three said territories are indivisible parts of the country.
The incident comes in the context of a growing trade dispute between China and the U.S. after the U.S. imposed hefty tariffs on some Chinese goods to protect the local industry.
Last week, the Trump administration urged China to slash its trade surplus with the country by $200 billion in two years’ time. China was also asked to trim tariffs and no longer offer subsidies to its tech industry.
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