Foreign airlines can’t duck one-China policy: FM

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/30 21:53:41

Foreign companies cannot steer clear of the one-China policy, the basic rule they should follow when operating in China, a spokesperson of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on Thursday, after US-based United Airlines listed the island of Taiwan as on a par with China on its website.

The airline replaced China, Taiwan and Hong Kong with "Chinese Yuan," "New Taiwan Dollar" and "Hong Kong Dollar" on the destination list, along with other destinations such as "Australia," "India" and "Japan" on its website page for  payment options.

The move has been interpreted  as a way of steering off China's request for foreign airlines to modify references to Taiwan.

The one-China policy is the basic rule that a foreign company should follow when operating in China and there is no "elasticity" about abiding by the principle, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a daily briefing on Thursday.

"There is only one China and Taiwan is a part of it. This is a basic fact, common sense and international consensus," Hua said. 

On April 25, the Civil Aviation Administration of China asked 44 international airlines to modify references to Taiwan on their websites and identify it as a part of China, granting carriers a 30-day deadline to comply.

US airlines Delta, American, United and Hawaiian were the last to make the changes, hours before the deadline.

Newspaper headline: FM: Foreign airlines can’t duck one-China policy


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