Australia Foreign Minister concerned with Qantas decision on Taiwan

5 June, 2018

Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed concern about the decision to change the Qantas website to refer to Taiwan as a Chinese territory (AAP/SBS, 04-Jun-2018). Ms Bishop reiterated her concerns regarding the CAAC request for airlines to no longer refer to Taiwan as an independent country, but noted that Qantas was free to make its own corporate decisions. "Private companies should be free to conduct their usual business operations free from political pressure of governments," Ms Bishop said, adding: "The decision of how Qantas structures its website is a matter for the company".