China pushes back on US regarding comments over order to airlines on Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

8 May, 2018

China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang responded (07-May-2018) to the US response to CAAC's letter to airlines, which requested foreign air carriers change their identification of the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions, compelling private firms to use specific language of a political nature. He commented: "Whatever the US side says or does will never change the objective fact that there is only one China in the world and the Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan regions are an inalienable part of China's territory. China will continue to handle its relations with other countries in accordance with the one-China principle. In the meantime, we have to point out that foreign enterprises operating in China should respect China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, abide by China's law and respect the national sentiment of the Chinese people. This is the basic principle for them to follow when doing business here". As previously reported by CAPA, The White House commented on the situation, stating: "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". [more - original PR] [more - original PR - II]