UK foreign affairs official speaks out against Beijing’s airline campaign (2018/07/12)
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    UK foreign affairs official speaks out against Beijing’s airline campaign (2018/07/12)

    In April, China demanded that global airline carriers change their terminology for "Taiwan" on their websites. So far, 20 carriers have complied with the request, but a UK foreign office Minister of State, Mark Field, has made a bold move in defense of the term "Taiwan." In a statement, he said the UK government had expressed its concern to Beijing, and that UK companies should not be pressured into changing their terminology. He also said the UK government would continue its long-standing policy of calling Taiwan "Taiwan."

    Air India changed the name of “Taiwan” to “Chinese Taipei” on its website last week, unable to withstand political pressure from Beijing. Back in April, China had asked 44 airlines to change their “Taiwan” listings to indicate that it is a province of China. As carriers around the world comply, the UK’s foreign ministry has spoken out against the request.

    Mark Field, a minister of state at the UK’s foreign ministry, issued a statement that private companies in the UK had the right to make their own decisions about the terms they use to list destinations. He said UK companies should not be placed under political pressure to make changes. He also said that UK government officials had registered their concern with the Chinese government. The statement added that the UK government would continue its long-standing policy of referring to Taiwan as simply "Taiwan.”

    Andrew Lee
    Foreign Ministry spokesman
    Yesterday the UK government – the UK minister of state made a statement in reply to parliament. He opposed China’s bullying. We are grateful that western countries, and countries with similar values, have rejected China’s bullying. We are also impressed with their moral courage.

    To this day, three US carriers – United, American Airlines, and Delta – continue to use the name “Taiwan” on their websites. So far, only 20 of the 44 carriers targeted by Beijing have made the change.
    中文 Chinese  
    中國施壓不把台灣列國家 英國外交部公開反對




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