Jul 25, 2018

American Airlines and Cathay Pacific bow to China pressure on Taiwan

American Airlines and Cathay Pacific have become the latest carriers to change how they refer to Taiwan online, bowing to pressure from China. Taiwan has been self-ruling since 1949 but China regards it as a breakaway province to be reunited one day. A number of US airlines held out and currently Delta and United Airlines continue to list the city of Taipei as being in "Taiwan" and "TW" on their websites. American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson told the BBC in an email response: "Like other carriers, American is implementing changes to address China's request. Air travel is global business, and we abide by the rules in countries where we operate." Japanese retail chain Muji recently has been fined in China for listing Taiwan as a country on some of its packaging.

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