2018/9/21  
UK foreign affairs official speaks out against Beijing’s airline campaign (2018/07/12)
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  • 英文 English 
    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

    中國在今年四月,向各國航空公司施壓,要求將台灣改為"中國台北",不斷打壓台灣的國際空間。但繼美國跟澳洲之後,英國也說話了,英國外交部副部長費爾德表示,英國企業不應為政治壓力所迫做出改變,英國外交部已就此事,向中國政府表達關切。

    受不了中國壓力,印度航空在上週把台灣擅自改成中華台北。中國在四月發信給全球44家航空公司,要求不得將台灣列為國家,必須改為"中國台灣"。對於中國這樣的做法,英國外交部無法茍同。

    英國外交部副部長,費爾德發出聲明,私人公司有權,自行決定如何稱呼旅遊目的地,不應為政治壓力做出改變",並向中國政府表達關切,還強調,英國政府長期以來的對台政策並未改變,英國政府"向來以「台灣」稱呼台灣"。聲明到底。

    [[外交部發言人 李憲章]]
    “昨天英國政府,英國的這個副外相提出他的書面答詢的時候,反對中國這種霸凌做法,我們對於西方國家跟我們理念相近的國家,同聲一氣展現,反對中國這種霸凌做法,我們表示感謝,也佩服道德勇氣。”

    截至目前為止,美國三大航空有白宮力挺,不改就是不改。中國點名的44家,只有20家,更改網站上對台灣的標註。
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