Six foreign airlines haven’t changed Taiwan reference

Source:Global Times Published: 2018/7/13 18:38:39

The overwhelming majority of foreign airlines have complied with China's regulations on how the island of Taiwan is addressed, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said on Friday.

On April 25, the CAAC asked 44 foreign airlines to change how Taiwan is described on their websites to reflect the one-China principle. As of Friday, 38 of those airlines had made the change, leaving only six airlines which have requested for an extension over "technical issues," the CAAC said at a press briefing.

The deadline has been extended to July 25.

Experts interviewed by the Global Times said that if foreign airlines refuse to make the change and continue to suggest the island is an independent country, their business in the Chinese market will be affected as Chinese passengers will choose other airlines.

The CAAC said it will closely watch the remaining airlines and urge them to take action. An update will be provided after July 25.

The CAAC announcement came as more foreign airlines make changes.

India's national carrier Air India, for instance, made the change in early July, with Taiwan now referred on its website as "Chinese Taipei."

Some carriers, including United Airlines and Delta Air Lines, have yet to correct their reference to Taiwan on their websites as of Friday.

Chinese authorities said there is only one China, and the island of Taiwan is part of China and welcomed corrections that reflect foreign airlines' recognition of international norms.


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